A 12-Day Pilgrimage to Celebrate 50 Years of the SSPX
October 22 - November 2, 2020
Accompanied by an SSPX priest

Day 1. Thursday, October 22: Transatlantic flight to Toulouse, France

 

Day 2. Friday, October 23: Toulouse – Lourdes

Welcome to France! Upon arrival in Toulouse, board your private motor-coach and head to Lourdes, where in 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to St. Bernadette Soubirous at the Grotte Massabielle. Enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight in Lourdes. Tonight you may participate in the candlelight procession. (WD)

 

Days 3, 4, and 5. Saturday, October 24, Sunday, October 25, and Monday, October 26: Lourdes

Attend the international celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Society of St. Pius X in Lourdes. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Tuesday, October 27: Lourdes – Rome

This morning, drive to Toulouse to take the plane to Rome. Upon arrival in the Eternal City, your first visit will be to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the Apostle’s tomb and his prison chains. Afterwards visit the Catacombs, where early Christians used to celebrate Mass. Many saints were buried there, and the catacombs later became places of pilgrimage. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)

 

Day 7. Wednesday, October 28: Rome

Start the day visiting the great Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of Rome’s four major basilicas and the Cathedral of Rome. It is also known as the Redeemer, because of the apparition of the face of Christ on the day of its consecration. Also, view the largest relic in the Christian world, the Scala Santa, the 28 “Holy Steps” that Our Lord ascended to be judged by Pontius Pilate. Next, visit the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem; it houses an extraordinary collection of relics associated with the Passion of Our Lord, as well as a full-sized replica of the Shroud of Turin. Then, visit the Church of St. Praxedes; this 5th-century church was completely rebuilt in 822 by Pope Paschal I, on the occasion of the transfer of the relics of 2,300 martyrs from the catacombs. It houses the Column of the Flagellation brought from Jerusalem in 1223. Afterwards, in the Church of St. Alphonsus of Liguori, pray before the most venerated Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Continue to the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore, which houses two of Christianity’s greatest treasures: the manger from Bethlehem in which the Baby Jesus was laid following His birth, and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. The basilica was built on the site where a miraculous snowfall occurred in August of 356. Last visit will be to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, constructed on the site of St. Peter’s tomb. It houses a portion of the wood of the True Cross and part of the lance that pierced Christ’s side. Touch the beloved statue of St. Peter and admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Render homage to the incorrupt body of St. Pius X and to the many buried popes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 8. Thursday, October 29: Rome

Included in your sightseeing today is Chiesa Nuova, built by St. Philip Neri, and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Pope St. Gregory the Great. The Chapel of St. Philip is especially sumptuous since the saint is enshrined here. The saint’s body rests in a crystal urn below the altar. The 13th-century miraculous icon of Our Lady of Vallicella is enshrined above the high altar. Afterwards, visit the Church of St. Agnes in Agony, a jewel of Baroque architecture, richly decorated with large-scale sculptures and frescoes, and which houses the skull of St. Agnes. Continue to the Church of St. Augustin, which contains many works of art, including a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary which was brought from Constantinople after the Turkish conquest. Next, visit S. Maria Sopra Minerva and render homage to St. Catherine of Siena and Blessed Fra Angelico. Finally, visit the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, the Jesuit Mother Church. A chapel dedicated to St. Ignatius of Loyola contains the saint’s relics in a bronze urn beneath the altar. Opposite is the altar of St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit missionary and apostle of India and Japan. A reliquary contains the saint’s arm. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Rome. (BB)

 

Day 9. Friday, October 30: Rome

First visit of the day will be to S. Salvatore in Onda. St. Vincent Pallotti, the “Second St. Philip Neri” was a native Roman priest who had founded the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) in 1835, and he was granted the complex here to be its headquarters in 1846. St. Vincent’s body is now enshrined under the main altar. Next visit is to the Basilica of S. Maria in Trastevere, one of the most important churches in Rome; it was the first place of worship dedicated to the Madonna. Nearby, visit the Church of St. Chrysogonus, one of the first parish churches of Rome, housing the shrine of Bl. Anna Maria Taigi, buried in the habit of a tertiary of the Trinitarians. In Trastevere also, visit the Church of St. Cecilia, built over the ruins of the house where St. Cecilia had lived in prior to her martyrdom. In 821, the body of the saint was exhumed from the Catacombs of San Callisto by St. Paschal I and returned to this church. Today her body rests within the crypt under the main altar. Continue to the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on the Island, containing the relics of the apostle and martyr St. Bartholomew, famous for the miraculous healings he wrought during his apostolate. Rest of the day at leisure, with independent dinner. (BB)

 

Day 10. Saturday, October 31: Rome

This morning, visit the Church of S. Andrea delle Fratte, where St. Maximilian Kolbe celebrated his first Mass and Alphonse Ratisbonne’s conversion took place. In S. Maria in Via, pray before the miraculous image of the Madonna of the Well. Afterwards, in the Church of San Marcello al Corso, pay homage to the Miraculous Crucifix of S. Marcello, a beautiful wooden crucifix dating to the 14th century, and the only object that survived the fire of 1519, thus confirming its miraculous power. Your next visit is to S. Maria in Aracoeli, built on the highest point of the Capitoline, one of Rome’s seven hills. The prestige of the basilica is established by its possession of a miraculous ancient portrait of Our Lady; a miraculous painting of St. Anthony; the 15th-century statue of the Santo Bambino; the tomb of the Empress St. Helen; relics of Bl. John of Triora; and a column from a room of Emperor Augustus. The ceiling of the church commemorates the Battle of Lepanto. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and dinner is on your own to savor the flavorful Italian cuisine. Overnight in Rome. (BB)

 

Day 11. Sunday, November 1: Genazzano & Rome

After breakfast, drive east to the charming town of Genazzano to venerate the miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel. This miraculous image traveled from Albania, crossed the Adriatic Sea, and descended onto one of the church’s unfinished walls. The portrait is suspended in the air and has been so for over 500 years. It is one of the most miraculous and venerated images of Our Lady in Italy. On the way back to Rome, stop at the SSPX Albano headquarters for lunch. Next visit is to the Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore, to pray before the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus with the Holy Ghost Dove above them, representing the Divine Love. In the Church S. Maria ai Monti, pray before a frescoed 15th-century image of the Virgin and Child with Sts. Lawrence and Stephen. The relics of St. Benedict Joseph Labre are housed in this church. Arrive at your hotel for a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of a beautiful pilgrimage. Overnight in Rome. (BB, L, FD)

 

Day 12. Monday, November 2: Homebound flight

Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your flight home. (BB)

 

 

(BB) Buffet breakfast, (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

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