Tom & Sue Personal Pilgrimage: Wednesday June 8 (Day 13) Rome

We  got up slowly today…..everyone was tired, so I made eggs for breakfast and we got dressed to go, when the lights went out. Johna had turned on the iron and everything blew.  Must have been some water on the plug.  We looked at the panel box and didn’t see any tripped breakers  so I tried to go out the front door, but that was locked and the key didn’t work.  I called the owner and left a message, in the mean time Sam was yelling down to people to see if they had  lights.  They all did, so back to the panel box and we found a tripped breaker.  Lights!   

The owner arrived and she couldn’t get the door open either. There is a round knob on the door, so I tried it again and this time it unlocked and we got the door open.  Tourist!   No one admitted to turning that lock, but I have a suspect! 

It was almost 11:00 so we headed out for today’s adventure.  We walked to Saint Peters, and then to Castel Sant’Angelo to find out where we had to go tomorrow, when we walk with cross in hand to the doors of mercy at Saint Peters and get another Plenary Indulgence…  of many Sam and I were getting on this trip, since we went to confession in Spain.

From there we walked to the subway and caught a train to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.  As you approach the Basilica, the doors to Scala Santa, the holy stairs that Jesus walked up to Pilate to be condemned, are located just across the street. 

Susan and I have been here twice before and they were closed and I had been here many years ago and it was closed.  Susan made the  decision not to take a chance by going to Saint John Lantern first and then find them closed when we got out. There  are 28 wide marble steps covered with mahogany wood that is very worn from so  many people crawling up them on their knees.  You are not allowed to walk on them and if you are unable to go up on your knees, there is another staircase that also  counts for the Plenary Indulgence you get for going up and meditating on the  Passion  of Christ as you go. 

I made one step and had to back down, the leg and knees were hurting today, the others started their trek u and I walked  up and said Divine Mercy on the way.  There are three places on the way up to venerate what they believe to be  from Jesus.  I did manage to get  down to venerate the one on the last step. 

Everyone was very moved by their experience and we were all quietly reflecting what we just did on our way to Saint John Lateran across the street. Susan and I had been here before and still love the place. Sam and Johna walked around with their mouths open, not knowing what to look at next.  We took some pictures for those of you who haven’t been, or have not seen previous photo’s from other trips. 

After an hour or so we left and walked to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Jerusalem (Holy Cross in Jerusalem), about 6 blocks away.  This Church has several important relics from the Passion of Christ and no photo’s are allowed………..Right!

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