Christ the High Priest: a great light in lands of shadow

It is fitting that we gather as priests from across the Anglophone world to pray and confect the Eucharist together in the ancient Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Its origins are obscure, but certainly very early. Tradition claims that this was the first church in Rome where Mass was celebrated openly, rather than in house churches which were used predominantly for about 300 years. Print Friendly Format Download and view this article as it appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of The Priest. christ-the-high-priest-a-great-light-in-lands-of-shadow.pdf Pope Julius I (337 – 52) certainly built a Basilica “trans Tiberim”, on the wrong side of...

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