Thomas Aquinas

The tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas, in the bereft Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse, France.

Pray for us.

Construction on this church was begun around the year 1229 at the initiative of St. Dominic Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers, aka the Dominicans. It was long considered one of the most beautiful gothic-style Dominican churches in Europe. However, with the French revolution in the late 18th century and the suppression of all monasteries, the property was confiscated by the French government. For several years it was used as a horse stable and part of it was used as a veterinary hospital. Starting in 1920, a renovation was undertaken which was only finished in 1972. But the end result is, as I said, quite bereft, and the saint’s tomb rather looks like it doesn’t belong there.

A priest recites the prayers after Low Mass, with the assistance of a member of the faithful.

You can see additional photos on the church’s French Wikipedia page.

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

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