Gloriosa Madonna Addolorata - Duomo di San Rufino, Assisi
"Glorious Madonna of Sorrows - Cathedral of San Rufino, Assisi"...
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 of 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. Altare dell’ Addolorata consists of this dramatic statue of the Madonna Addolorata from 1672. Luke 2:34-35 "And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed."
- Dino Carbetta
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- Dino's 2019 Pellegrinaggio, Portafoglio (Portfolio)