Rome, the Eternal City. The Vatican museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain and more!

Consider reading more of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, understanding that Peter was in Rome at the same time and both were Martyred there (64/65 for Peter and 64-68 for Paul).  You might also like to read Peter’s little epistles (1, 2 Peter) to get a feel for his pastoral leadership and preaching style, contrasting it with Paul’s.

We pray:

Lord, as we travel through the birthplace of Western Christianity, upon which our Lutheran traditions are found, let us marvel in the beautiful expressions of that faith found in the artwork displayed there, as well as the monuments to those who died sharing that faith before it was acceptable here.  Make us to be faithful and bold, whether in good times or bad, in times of favor, or persecution.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.