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Intriguing and Mysterious

We are not yet finished with our examination of the interior of Forio's Soccorso Chapel, we have merely scratched the surface. The more we look, the more we see. And all of it is intriguing and mysterious, as is the ancient history of this beautiful island. Once again we await the learned words of Peppe, our theologian and historian!

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That stone cross thing is intriguing, it speaks of symbols before Christ. I always get a kick of Jesus with Loreal girl hair and peaches and cream complexions.

Hi, my friend, let’s go in order.
If you enter in an augustinian church, you are going to see an Augustine’s image, naturally… or not?

Photo #1
Picture by Cesare Calise (16th Century). It represents the Holy Trinity, St. Monica, St. Augustine of Hippo (the bishop) and St. Nicole of Tolentine (augustinian monk). St. Monica was Augustine’s mother. St. Nicole of Tolentine is an augustinian monk, was born in 1245 and died in 1305. St. Augustine has in the hand the “Confessions”, the most famous writing, and St. Nicole has in the hand a book so saying: “Praecepta patris mei servavi” (I observed my founder’s laws). In Forio’s center, in the church of Santa Maria di Loreto, entering on the left side, the second altar was dedicated to St. Nicole of Tolentine and around the picture it was painted his life and miracles (John, you must see).

Photos #2, #3, #4
After the restores, last year, the engineers left some stone without coverage, to be able to see the original built, only with stones.

Photo #5
It’s a modern picture, representing Jesus seen by Maria Faustina Kowalska. St. Faustina was born in 1905 in the village of Glogowiec near Lodz (Poland) . Her life as a religious was marked with the stigma, but also with extraordinary mystical graces. Worn out and weakened by tuberculosis and the sufferings she bore in sacrifice for sinners, Saint Faustina died in the odor of sanctity in Cracow on October 5, 1938 at the age of 33. On the first Sunday after Easter, April 18, 1993, in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Pope John Paul II declared her one of the community of the blessed.
In front of St. Peter’s Square you can see a big sanctuary dedicated to The Divine Mercy with this image.

The image of the Divine Mercy originates from a vision that Sister Faustina had in Plock on February 22, 1931. In that vision Christ expressed his desire to have such an image painted and that the words in the signature beneath it be: Jesus, I trust in You. The image represents the risen Christ, whose hands and feet bear the marks of the crucifixion. From his pierced heart, not visible in the image, two rays issue forth: red and pale. When asked about their meaning

Jesus explained:
The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My
agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross.
In other words, these two rays signify the Sacraments, and also the Holy Church born of the pierced side of Christ, as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of which water is a symbol in Scripture.

The image then, portrays the great mercy of God, which was fully revealed in the Paschal Mystery of Christ, and is manifested in the Church most effectively through the Holy Sacraments. The words found in the signature beneath the image, Jesus, I trust in You, speak of an attitude of trust.
The image, Jesus said, is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.

Photo #6
St. Joseph’s died
This picture represents St. Joseph’s died, Mary’s husband. You see St. Mary crying, Jesus pointing to the heaven, and the archangels Michel and Gabriel. The incense represents the prayer to God.

Photo #7
The Pulpit with an original color’s test, on restore.
The pulpit served when microphones weren’t, to declaim the Holy Word and for the sermons, so that all the people was able to listen.

that's all... or not?

Excellent! I am grateful for your learned commentary, Peppe! And tomorrow I will post more images.

Ehm... you must only correct my bad english... excuse me. :)

I'm glad to see you posting your great pictures once again!

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