Santissimo Crocifisso all'interno della Cattedrale di San Rufino Assisi
"Most Holy Crucifix inside the Cathedral of San Rufino Assisi"...
The first time I visited the Cathedral, I was laboriously working my way up the Assisi mountain top, of which the Cathedral of San Rufino is the last church. Upon my most recent Pilgrimage, I learned that taking a taxi to Rocco Maggiorie at the very top and working downward is much less strenuous. Although every building in Assisi celebrates Saint Francis, the city’s cathedral is dedicated to San Rufino. It's named for Assisi's patron saint, a former 3rd-century bishop, and martyr. After converting Assisi to Christianity, he was killed by drowning in a nearby river. The cathedral has been a very important aspect in the history of the Franciscan order. It was here that Saint Francis, Saint Clare, and many of their original disciples were baptized. Hearing Francis preaching in this church in 1209, Saint Clare became deeply touched by his message and realized her calling. In 1228, here for the canonization of Saint Francis, Pope Gregory IX consecrated the high altar. A humorous story of the relics of Saint Rufino remaining in this ancient church before it was consecrated as a Cathedral is part of history. The townspeople fought for the saint’s body with the current Bishop Ugone, who wanted to move it to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore. The citizens took a position against the move and started a real “tug of war” with the saint's coffin. The sixty Bishops’ men were beaten by only seven Assisi citizens. The victory was seen as miraculous, even by Ugone, who then decided to renovate the small Basilica, which eventually became the Cathedral for Assisi. I was struck by the elegant beauty of the “Holy Crucifix” inside the chapel. The apparent artist was Don Doni in 1561. It is carried in the annual procession in Assisi each Good Friday. The face of Christ reveals His suffering, however, it also exudes His beatification and contentment of the fulfillment of Holy Prophesy.
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