Jesus Christ the Redeemer Excursion
At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus Christ told his followers “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Within three centuries, Emperor Constantine would come to power in Rome. From then on, the Eternal City would be well on its way to becoming the center of the Christian faith. From the fourth century through the fifteenth century, the East would endure the rise and fall of the Mongols, two waves of the heresy of iconoclasm, and finally succumb to Islam and the Ottoman Empire. Through the various crises in the East, the West saw an influx of Greek culture. Treasures such as art, artifacts, and relics were brought to Rome.
On this excursion you will encounter various relics, which according to tradition, are connected with the passion and death of Jesus Christ. A part of of the old Lateran Palace contains the Scala Sancta, the stairs that Jesus climbed from Pilate’s palace, which St. Helena brought from the Holy Land to Rome. Among other relics, the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme contains three fragments of the true cross, fragments from Jesus’ tomb, the column of flagellation, two thorns from Jesus’ crown, and a portion from the title of the cross (INRI).
As part of our time together, you will explore the history and structure of the Cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran, and learn why the Lateran, and not St. Peter Basilica, is Rome’s most important church. St. John Lateran, an architectural masterpiece of Francesco Borromini, also houses relics of the skulls of St. Peter and St. Paul, important statues of the school of Bernini, a section of the altar said to have been used at the last supper, as well as the tombs of Pope Martin V and Pope Leo XIII.
On this excursion you will visit the fifth most important church in Rome, St. Lawrence Outside-the-Walls, or San Lorenzo fuori le Mura as it is known in Italian. This often overlooked gem houses the tomb of three of early Christianity’s most important Saints, St. Stephen, St. Justin Martyr, and St. Lawrence of Rome. You will hear the history and contributions of these three martyrs to the foundations of the early Church. You will also learn why St. Lawrence Outside-the-Walls was the only church in Rome to suffer destruction during the Second World War.
A visit to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano can be an optional addition to this excursion. These catacombs have a unique connection to Saints Peter and Paul, as there is strong evidence that their relics were brought here for a time, for safe keeping, during one of the the early Christian persecutions.
This excursion is available Monday to Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
This excursions lasts 2½ to 4 hours.
Transportation: Rome’s bus and Metro system.
Urbs Sacra is an apostolate and not a tour company or travel agency. Instead of charging a specific price for an excursion, Urbs Sacra requests a donation from participants and offers a suggested scale for donations. Some people give more than the suggested scale and some give less than the suggested scale. What you offer is up to you. We do not want anyone to be turned away because of budgetary constraints or limited means. Likewise, those who feel compelled to give generously certainly are welcome to do so.
Suggested Donation for the excursion without a visit to the catacombs:
1 - 2 people suggested donation: 175 to 225 Euro
3 - 4 people suggested donation: 200 to 250 Euro
5 - 6 people suggested donation: 225 to 275 Euro
7 - 8 people suggested donation: 275 to 325 Euro
Please inquire for larger groups.
Suggested Donation for the excursion with a visit to the catacombs:
1 - 2 people suggested donation: 200 to 250 Euro
3 - 4 people suggested donation: 225 to 275 Euro
5 - 6 people suggested donation: 250 to 300 Euro
7 - 8 people suggested donation: 300 to 350 Euro
Please inquire for larger groups.