MARY, OUR MOTHER

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The first Jesuits prayed in front of this fresco




* February 27 – Our Lady of the Road (Italy, 1617) – Blessed Marie of Jesus (Marie Deluil-Martiny), foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus (d. 1884)  * The first Jesuits prayed in front of this fresco  ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
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February 27 – Our Lady of the Road (Italy, 1617) – Blessed Marie of Jesus (Marie Deluil-Martiny), foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Heart of Jesus (d. 1884) 

The first Jesuits prayed in front of this fresco 


Madonna Della Strada — the Italian for  “Our Lady of the Road” — is the name of an image of the  Madonna and Child enshrined at the Church of the Gesu, mother church of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in Rome.

In all likelihood, the image of Our Lady of the Road dates from the middle of the 13th or the first half of the 14th century. The artist is unknown. It was originally located in a small chapel named "Our Lady of the Road" at the same location. This chapel was the first church entrusted to the Jesuits at the time of Saint Ignatius. The first Jesuits often prayed before this fresco of Our Lady.

The Jesuits built their first house, where Ignatius and his companions lodged, next to the chapel of "Our Lady of the Road." Today, you can still visit the rooms inhabited by Saint Ignatius. This is where the saint wrote the Constitutions of the Society.

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Church of the Gesù
Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù all'Argentina Church of the Gesù, Rome.jpg
Giacomo della Porta's façade, a precursor of the Baroque