Thursday, April 26, 2007

Day of Suffering and Death

by Steve Ray on April 26, 2007

Started the day at the newly re-opened chuch of Santo Stefano Rotundo. Janet and I have been eagerly awaiting its renovation for over eight years. It has 30-40 graphic painted murals depicting the gruesome torture and death of early Christians. I will post pictures when I get to the next good internet connection.

Then on to finish filming in San Clemente. Fr. Cunningham has been delightul and extremely helpful!

Tomorrow to the Colosseum and the Via Appia Antica. Pray for us!

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Deep Under Ground

by Steve Ray on April 26, 2007

This is the first time I’ve had a chance to come up for air. Actully we’ve been deep underground a lot recently — today filming deep in the St. Callixtus Catacombs. Great footage including ancient paintings that few if any others have. I even found a rib.

Then deep under San Clemente for a 1st century Roman house, maybe even that of St. Clement. Also the tombs of Clement and Ignatius under the high altar.

Then to St. Lawrence Church with bones of Justin Martyr, along with Sts. Stephen (I like him) and St. Lawrence who was grilled to death.

Yesterday the Tiber River — baptism of Clement. Also finished much of Justin’s life and martyrdom in Rome.

We’re exhausted with three days to go but the food is sure good!

Posted with handheld iPAQ.