A vintage postcard of the column of the Immaculate Conception on the Piazza di Spagna in Rome.
The column was dedicated on December 8, 1857. It celebrated the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, proclaimed in 1854.
The Corinthian column was sculpted in ancient Rome. It was discovered in 1777 during the construction of the monastery of Santa Maria della Concezione on the site of the former Campus Martius.
Gaudens gaudebo in Domino
This is the introit of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, sung at the beginning of today’s Mass.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God: for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, and with the robe of justice He hath covered me, as a bride adorned with her jewels.
I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me.