Behind the monstrance (used to hold the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration) is a sculpture of St. Francis helping Christ down from the cross. I don’t know the artist that created this work but it is based on a painting by Bartolome Murillo in 1668. The broadest interpretation would be that St. Francis was seen by many as turning away from earthly things and embracing the suffering Christ. Who do we know that is suffering that could use a call, a card or a tender touch.
Founded in 1791 by Spanish Franciscan Fathers, Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad was the social hub for the Esselen Indians and later for settlers. This container was used by the priests of the Mission to keep the Eucharist in while the fathers rode or walked out to someone sick or dying in the region.
This image is from Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery at the edge of Old Jerusalem.
Tomorrow, Saturday, in the Catholic faith marks the celebration of the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.
For those who are curious, this is one item of faith that is in our catechism that is left somewhat open ended. Doctrine has it that Mary was assumed into heaven. However it may have occurred near Ephesus in Turkey or it may have occurred in Jerusalem.
The Abbey itself is only about 100 years old and is built on the site of the ruins of a Byzantine Abbey (also dedicated to Mary). Under THAT is said to the ruins of the Cenacle – the room where the Last Supper was celebrated.
In Jerusalem there are a number of places that scholars and archeologists argue over about the exact positioning of certain events. Given that Old Jerusalem takes up only 1/3 of a square mile, one thing that can’t be denied is that there is no other place on earth that contains so much foundational history of Christianity, Judaism & Islam.