May Kwento Ako #30 : The Scala Sancta

My young friend, Ovidio came by the hotel for a quick chat.  He had come from work and he was off in the afternoon from school.  After exchanging a few pleasantries, he asked me what places I was intending to go to.  I said I wanted to go.  I said ‘The Scala Sancta’ and after checking ‘google maps’, he said, he’d take me!  I asked how.  Silly question.  He came in his new motorbike!  He said ‘Hop on!’   🙂

I kid you not.

It took us about 20 minutes to get to this Holy place.  I remember we passing the Colosseum.

Moving forward.  The Scala Sancta is one special Holy place.  It was one experience of blessedness like no other.  A friend from Cebu mentioned this to me and I googled it to know more about it’s significance.

The Scala Sancta translated is the Holy Stairs.  All 28 white marble steps now encased in wood like in most homes.  These are the same staircase that our Lord, Jesus Christ stepped on, on His way to trial by the Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.

The effort to transfer these marbled stairs to Rome was through the efforts of Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, the Great in 326 A.D.

A pilgrim is to say his prayers as he climbs up the stairs on his knees.  According to my source “Wikipaedia”,  several Popes have performed the same deed.  A plenary indulgence for climbing the stairs on one’s knees was granted of nine years for every step.  A plenary indulgence is one’s way of reducing one’s penance for the sins he has committed.

Upon reaching the top, he can take the adjoining staircase to go down as one would normally do.  He can also visit the small chapel located on top of the staircase which I did not get to do because.  Anyhow, I bought the DVD that was being sold by the entrance.  I hope to one day view and watch it.

I am very thankful for this trip. Very thankful that it happened and it allowed me to experience and see some of History’s most awesome stories that many i did not even know happened.

Too bad, my young friend, Ovidio had his Mom waiting at home for them to have lunch together.  Well, I knew what I needed.  I was so thankful for all that had happened that morning.  I went to have a gellato after a few blocks down the road!!  Happy.  So happy.  Almost estatic!

Thank you, Ovidio!  Thank you, Roma!  Thank you, Saint Helena!  Thank you, Lord!!!  IMG_6600

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