Rome 2007 08 - 13 Oct - Santo Stefano Rotundo
Saturday, Oct 13, Afternoon --- we went to a church to honor the martyrs. Some people call this church morbid, gross, or even disgusting, but Santo Stefano Rotundo is another of our favorite churches. We bring our pilgrims here to impress upon them the horrendous price that was paid by the early Christians to pass the Catholic faith on to us. There is no other church like this one. - It is round, the Roman way of celebrating victory, and all around the inside walls are huge, full-colored paintings of martyrs suffering for the faith. Some are raked with sharp instruments, others dismembered, eaten by beasts, burned in fires, boiled in oil, ripped in two, dragged behind horses, and more. No one leaves this church unaffected. Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome is one of the largest and oldest round churches in existence, dating from the 5th century. It is dedicated to St. Stephen, the first martyr (Acts 6-7).
Oct 13, 2007