The holy Column of the Flagellation
The holy Column of the Flagellation of our Lord Jesus Christ
which is venerated in the oratory of St. Zenon in the church of St. Praxedis
The important relic of the holy Column of Flagellation was transported
from Jerusalem to Rome by John Cardinal Colonna, one of the leaders of
the sixth Crusade, in the year of 1223, and was put up in his title church
of St. Praxedis (Italian: Santa Prassede), in the oratory of St. Zenon.
It is of jasper marble with white, black and green specks. At the base,
it is wider than at its top, and it measures 25 inches of height. The ever
increasing veneration of the faithful erected an elegant reliquary of gilded
bronze for it in 1898. Its feast is celebrated solemnly on the fourth Lenten
Sunday (the former Passion Sunday).
My divine Redeemer, who Thou didst become especially by letting Thyself
be bound to the Column of Flagellation for the love of souls! How much
confusion, which laceration my sins did cause Thee! Oh passing passions,
which did cost Thee such pains! But now I detest my sins, the reason for
thy torture, and before this holy Column, which Thy precious Blood tinted
red, with all my heart I humbly beg Thy forgiveness.
Once the Lordís Prayer, once the Angelic Salutation.
Description and prayer are taken from the devotional picture
available at St. Praxedisí and translated from Italian by the author
of these pages.
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