Tuesday, 24 February 2009

And finally, before Lent

Just before the rigours of the Lenten season begin, a slightly less austere image sent by our man in Rome. Last Sunday (22nd February) was also the feast of the Chair of St Peter. It was not kept in the general calendar because the Sunday took precedence, however it was celebrated in St Peter's, Rome, as we might expect. There is a great tradition of statues being dressed for their feast days; here is the famous statue of St Peter adorned with a red cope and papal tiara. All the finery will have to disappear for a while now, though - it's Ash Wednesday tomorrow.