Tridentine Mass in Rome

I attended a Tridentine Mass for the second Sunday of Advent, and just thought i’d share about it in case anyone is interested in attending a service.

I went to the Santissima Trinata dei Pellegrini (Most Holy Trinity of the Pilgrims), run by the Fraternita Sacerdotale San Pietro (FSSP).

This cosy church is located on Via dei Pettinari, just off the bridge Ponte Sisto, and looks like this from the outside –


in front of it is a small carpark, and sits opposite a carabinieri office.

the apse and altar –


St Joseph’s Church in Singapore provides an Edmund Campion English-Latin side-by-side missal for mass-goers. This church does not, so I strongly suggest you bring your own somehow – download a copy off the web or be content to be lost like me, being able to follow only during the familiar Kyrie, the Credo, Agnus Dei etc.

Find the mass schedule for this church here.

In case you were wondering, yes, St Peter’s Basilica does conduct the Tridentine Mass too. The Santa Susanna website lists the Vatican mass schedule here. After my visit to the Vatican on Saturday, I would not recommend it as there are simply too many visitors mingling about and generally too noisy and distracting for worship. (Isn’t that just ironic?)

Anyway, I attended anticipatory mass in English by Santa Susanna (held in a chapel of the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri / Saint Mary of the Angels and Martyrs) and it was a worshipful time, plus people are friendly. Consider this before jostling with the crowds at the Vatican!


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