Santa Sabina: The Crown of the Aventine

October 25, 2012

Today we celebrate the dedication of Santa Sabina.  Perched atop one of the “Seven Hills of Rome” the original church was built around the year 422.  As the mother church of the Dominican Order the basilica’s grounds command beautiful views of the Eternal City.  Pope Honorius III asked Saint Dominic himself to take custody of it in the 1220’s, and later Saint Thomas Aquinas taught the brothers there.  In the documentary “Crown of the Aventine,” Fr. Allen White, O.P., goes into the significance and history of this “symbol of a city set upon a hill, a representative of the heavenly Jerusalem.” Here is the film trailer: [vimeo w=500&h=281]

Crown of the Aventine: Trailer from Kindly Light on Vimeo.

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