The Church of Saint Mary Major

A Tour of Roman Churches

  • Dedicated in 434 AD to Mary, Mother of God
  • Houses the Icon of Mary, Salus Populi Romani (Health of the Roman People)
  • Icon is from Crete, received in Rome in 590 AD
  • Re-painted in the 12th century.
  • A favorite of Pope Francis, who visits the icon before and after every overseas trip.
  • Mary wears red (for her humanity) covered in blue (for her gift of sharing in Christ’s divinity).
  • Christ wears red for having taken on humanity.

Questions for St. Austin Staff:

What lessons can we learn from having overcome past plagues and pandemics?

How can we embrace the layers of our tradition in our parish redevelopment?

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