The Angel of the Lord Declared unto Mary

The monumental church of St. Ignatius (Sant’Ignazio) here in Rome – a few blocks from where I live – is one of the main Jesuit churches and features stunning works of art. Recall the photo of their ceiling that I posted a while back.

Here is a photo that I took on June 13, 2012 of the massive high-relief marble carving of the Annunciation, which is above the large side altar in the left transept. That altar contains the mortal remains (relics) of St. John Berchmans, patron saint of altar servers:

Click to enlarge and view the detail.

Back in the day they really knew how to honor Our Lady – and decorate a church. (This piece dates from the year 1750.)

Happy Feast Day!

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