The Roamin' Roman

Benvenuto! You have happened upon the blog of a wandering Catholic American college student studying for a year in Rome, the Eternal City. You will find here my pontifications, ruminations, reflections, images, and ponderings on my life in Rome. Ciao!

Sunday, January 1

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

After Vespers, we celebrated the entrance of the New Year Roman-style!! Those of us left in the house all clambered up to the rooftop terrace to watch the city ring in 2006 - in proper style - with umbrellas... Standing up on the roof, in the rain, from every angle we looked at across the city of Rome, there were fireworks going off from the building tops - and these weren't any wimpy sparklers either, but the REAL stuff!

So, I leave you for the next week with this view of St. Peter's dome in the first moments of 2006 - may God bless us all abundantly in this new year, and draw us ever closer to His Heart! See you in a week - please pray for me on my journey (and I'll be praying for you too!)

Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.
Te, aeternum Patrem, omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes Angeli, tibi caeli et universae Potestates,
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus;
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus;
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia:
Patrem immensae maiestatis,
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium,
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.
Tu rex gloriae, Christe,
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem non horruisti virginis uterum.
Tu devicto mortis aculeo aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Iudex crederis esse venturus.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni, quos pretioso sanguine redemisti!
Aeterna fac cum Sanctis tuis in gloria numerari!
Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae!
Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum!
Per singulos dies benedicimus te
Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum et in saeculum saeculi.
Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire!
Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri!
Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te!
In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum. Amen.

(English translation)


  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Martin said…


    Thank you for your beautiful Blog. You provide a great service to the rest of us.

    Happy Feast of Our Blessed Mother.

    With prayers for you and your studies,

    In Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph,


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