Madonna degli Angeli - La Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Assisi
"Madonna of the Angels - The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels – Assisi"...
Portiuncula is a town and a parish situated about three-quarters of a mile from Assisi. The town has grown up around the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels. It was of this little church moved within the Basilica that St. Francis recognized his vocation in the year 1208, and it was where St. Francis spent most of his life. In 1211, the Benedictines gave him the little chapel of St. Mary of the Angels or the Portiuncula, which is a “little portion” of land. The first Franciscan convent was also formed nearby. The Portiuncula was also where St. Francis received the vows of St. Clare. St. Francis died here on October 3, 1226, and on his death-bed, he recommended the chapel to the faithful protection and care of his brothers. Two years before Saint Francis of Assisi died, and when he was 42 years old — one year after he had built the first crib in honor of Our Lord — he went off to a lonely mountain called Mount Alvernia, to prepare himself by forty days of fasting and prayer for the feast of Saint Michael, the greatest of God’s angels. On the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14, Saint Francis received in his hands, feet and side the Sacred Wounds from Our Lord’s own body. Never was a saint more beautifully loved than Saint Francis of Assisi. The wounds Jesus gave him stayed in his hands, feet, and side, and continually bled for two more years, until he died in 1226. This realistic image of St. Francis with the Stigmata on his hands was captured in the Basilica Museum, along with many other historical treasures from his life. Our 2019 Pilgrimage was fortunate to tour this very reverent and spiritual Basilica. The gold-plated statue of the Madonna degli Angeli by the sculptor Colasanti and cast by Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry was put on top of the façade in 1930.
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