Today, May 26th, is the Feast of St. Philip Neri, the great “apostle of Rome”. I went to his tomb today and prayed for you all.
If you don’t have a devotion to this great saint, you really should. Read about him here.
This 16th-century standee is considered to be the most accurate portrait of the saint that we have. More information in the caption:
First things second: here is the church in which his tomb is located, one of the most beautiful churches in Rome. It is called Santa Maria in Vallicella (Our Lady in the Little Valley), and is not too far from the Tiber River, in the area where you cross over to go to the Vatican:
Here is a view that you might have when you visit in the afternoon, like I did:
To the left of the main sanctuary is the chapel of St. Philip Neri, where his body is under the altar:
Here is my view when I looked up during some moments of prayer that I spent there in the pews afterwards:
They also had a painted paschal candle there, but that will wait for another post. I took many more photos of his rooms and so forth, but all of it will have to wait for another day.
St. Philip Neri, pray for us!