The Week in Weird Photos: Transitus of St. Benedict Edition

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St. Joseph Day Procession, Detroit, 2019.


Students at the Einsiedeln Monastery, a Benedictine monastery in Switzerland, with bottles of beer, c. 1940.

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In the 1970 reform of the general Roman calendar, the feast of St. Benedict was moved to July 11, but March 21st is still observed by those under the Rule of St. Benedict. It is called the Transitus (passing) of St. Benedict, and marks the happy death of this great and holy man in 547.

“Almighty and everlasting God, Who didst this day deliver from the prison of the flesh Thy most holy confessor Benedict and didst bear him up to heaven, we beseech Thee, grant thy servants who are celebrating this festival, forgiveness of all sins, that in the gladness wherein they are united in rejoicing at his glory, they may by his intercession before Thee partake also in his merits.” (Collect)

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Reformation-era anti-Catholic figure: Fox dressed as monk. Note rosary and breviary. (Denmark, 1530-40)No photo description available.

Crozier head, France, 1350. Note St. Denis, holding head.

“This head of a bishop’s staff bears two iconic images: on one side, a Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist; on the other, a standing Virgin and Child with a monastic donor kneeling before her and Saint Denis, the patron saint of France.” (The Met)

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“Praying Time,” Fortunino Matania (Italian, 1881-1963)

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Because the Irish haven’t suffered enough.

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The Indiana Progress – Aug 5, 1931

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