St. Ignatius of Loyola

Here is the bejeweled silver and gold statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus – “the Gesù” – in Rome. For most of the day it is concealed behind an enormous painting above the altar of his tomb, but it is revealed each evening during an audiovisual “baroque spectacle” about the saint’s life.

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I found out recently that for many years this “show” did not take place; the painting simply remained lowered and the statue was always on display. However, the current pastor of the church rediscovered the baroque machinery and the painting and decided to reinstate it. The New York Times did a story on it here – in classic Times format for religious articles, it ends on a low note, but apart from that the article offers some interesting background.

Back in June I posted a (low-quality) video of the spectacle.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us!

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