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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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also belonged to Pudens’ house, and served Peter for the
same purpose, is to be found in the great Lateran church,
and is yet used there, as an altar ; but only the pope
can perform mass upon it, and that in consequence of
an especial right ; for the altars of the Roman Catho-
lic church must all, with this one exception, be of stone,
in accordance with canonical law and directions of the
If tradition be right, Pudens’ richly-adorned senator’s
chair has also come down to posterity, though it is now
withdrawn from the sight of all. For better protection,
namely, against the ravages of time. Pope Alexander VII
had it enclosed in the throne of gilded bronze to be seen
in the choir of St. Peter’s, and borne by four figures, re-
presenting two teachers of the Latin, two of the Greek,
The mosaics in the choir of Sta. Pudentiana are from
the fourth century, and are accounted among the most
remarkable, with regard to the history of art, in Rome.
They portray Christ, the apostles, and the sisters Puden-
tiana and Praxedes, both with the crown of martyrdom
in their hands. For according to the tradition, they too,
had to suffer death for their creed.

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