My next visit to Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore is via Portal of White Lions.

It’s Palm Sunday. People stand in circle around a basket with green twigs. Each of us takes one stick and enters.

I’m rewarded by a celebrated mess with The Passion sang by a regular choir. Though I don’t understand much (it’s all in Italian), I feel the misery and pain of the dying Christ.

After 1,5 hours I put the twig back to the basket and walk out to the sun again.