|The Duomo in Orvieto|
A month or so ago, some friends were coming into town and asked about the possibility of a day trip to Rome. I had my own thoughts, but asked a few other Americans here what they thought. A number of them suggested Orvieto, which I had never been to see. My friends never got the chance to go, but I finally did, and it was a great trip.
Orvieto is in the midst of a Jubilee Year. The Church was built by Pope Urban VI in the 14th century to house a Eucharistic miracle. Last year was the 750th anniversary of that miracle--The famous Corporal of Bolsena. In 1263, a priest who began to doubt the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist was saying Mass. During the Mass, the host in his hand began to bleed drops of blood, which were visible to a number of people attending Mass. Those drops stained the corporal (the small square cloth the priest uses under the host and chalice while saying Mass). The corporal was preserved as a relic, and remains enthroned in a side chapel of the Duomo.
|The Chapel of the Corporal |
in the Duomo in Orvieto
For the Jubilee year, the Diocese has created a pilgrimage office. They had received the permission of Pope Benedict XVI to open a Holy Door for pilgrims into the Duomo as well. Certainly, if you are planning to go on pilgrimage to Rome this year, you should definitely also make pilgrimage to Orvieto. It just over an hour by train from Rome's Termini station, and the train tickets are not terrible expensive. From the train station, you take a small funicular railway up to the town on the hill, which costs little over 1 Euro.