Holy Stairs believed to have been climbed by Jesus unveiled in Rome before Easter

Holy Stairs believed to have been climbed by Jesus unveiled in Rome before Easter

April 12, 2019– Mary Greeley News – The nydailynews reported: The stairs said to have been climbed by Jesus on the day of his crucifixion have been unveiled in all their original glory just in time for the annual pilgrimage thousands of Christians make to Rome and the Vatican each Easter.

The Scala Santa, also known as the Holy Stairs, are at the Pontifical Sanctuary in Rome. It is believed by Christians that Jesus climbed the 28 marble steps, which were originally part of Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem, several times on the day he was sentenced to death.

The stairs are heavily worn. Lots of trash was under the wooden steps which was cleaned up when the wooden cover removed.

Holy Stairs believed to have been climbed by Jesus unveiled in Rome before Easter

This is the first time in 300 years that the walnut wood covering over the steps has been removed. It first was placed on the steps at Pope Innocent XIII’s request in 1723 to preserve the marble.

The staircase was uncovered on Thursday and will remain that way through June 9, allowing visitors to ascend the steps on their knees, as is tradition.

The original stone side walls was then covered.

Holy Stairs believed to have been climbed by Jesus unveiled in Rome before Easter

“The newly restored frescoes help the faithful connect with the Holy history,” Father Francesco Guerra told ABC News.

According to the sanctuary’s website, centuries of noticeable wear and tear on the steps and “thousands of letters, notes, photos and coins were found” underneath the wood covering.

There are also four places where Jesus’ blood is believed to have stained the steps. Three are covered with red porphyry or bronze crosses and the fourth is protected by a metal grate after being “worn to a deep hole because the faithful touched that precise point with their fingers.”

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At a ceremony on Thursday, Italian Cardinal Angelo De Donatis blessed the steps and visitors climbed them on their knees, their shoes in plastic covers, ABC News reported.

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After the two-month window, the wood covering will be replaced, meaning this will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Christians to see the steps in their original form.

According to medieval legend, the stairs were brought from Jerusalem to Rome circa 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great.

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