Archive for January 3rd, 2007

As well as being the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, today is the birthday of Saint Paul of the Cross, who was born on 3 January 1694 in the town of Ovada, Italy. Unfortunately I haven’t been to Ovada since November 2005, so I don’t have any photographs; instead, here are some pictures of the Chapel and Tomb of Saint Paul of the Cross at Saints John and Paul, Rome.

The ceiling shows Saint Paul of the Cross in Glory; at the sides are scenes from his life.

Here is a close(er)-up of the panel depicting his death.

The body of our Saint can be seen under the altar. This altar is made of many different kinds of marble and other rare stones; it was the gift of Prince Torlonia who also gave the altar for the Basilica of Our Lady built at Boulogne-sur-Mer by the Abbé Haffreingue, a good friend of Blessed Dominic Barberi and the Servant of God Father Ignatius Spencer C.P.

Did you notice the altar crucifix and candlesticks? Here are some close-ups of their bases, with some of the Arma Christi, the Instruments of the Passion.

The Crown of Thorns

The Titulus Crucis

The Veil of Veronica

On the back is a coat of arms, presumably that of the donor of the crucifix and candlesticks; perhaps some kind reader knows whose coat of arms this is.

On the side of the altar itself is the coat of arms of the Torlonia family…

and behind the altar, an inscription remembers an act of princely generosity.

Happy Birthday, Paolo.

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