Monday, December 28, 2009

Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna and the Parato di Pentecoste

From early on, one of my favourite saints was St. Francis of Assisi -- a saint, incidentally, who is often wrongly invoked against liturgical and ecclesiastical beauty; something Mother Angelica of EWTN was careful to point out as well.

Because of this interest, I was rather pleased when one of our Franciscan readers in Italy sent in some photographs to us, which come from the Franciscan shrine of La Verna where St. Francis of Assisi is said to have received the stigmata. The photos show some of the precious vestments which the sanctuary possesses.

However, before I show you those, let us first look at the beautiful basilica and its associated buildings itself.

La Verna also boasts a habit of St. Francis of Assisi. To see this and more photos, including the interior of the basilica as well as some wonderful processional photos leds by the Franciscans, see here. Specifically I would recommend these: Interior of the basilica, a habit of St. Francis, procession, outdoor procession, and the nearby landscape.

With that, let us proceed to what our Franciscan reader shared with us, namely the spectacular parato di Pentecoste, Pentecost vestments, which were given by the Florentines to the convent of La Verna in 1574.

This first photo comes from another source, but it shows the entire set rather well

Chasuble; note the shape of the vestment


Chalice veil

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Giovanni Bellini, St Francis in Ecstasy, 1480

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