dell’opera / Medium: terracotta invetriata / Glassified Terracotta
/ Placement: Spedale degli Innocenti, Firenze, Toscana / Hospital of the Innocents, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Stile / Style: rinascimento / Renaissance
The Hospital was built between 1417 and 1436 by Filippo Brunelleschi and other architects, and decorated in the late 15th century by Andrea Della Robbia. It was a children’s orphanage, hence the name.
Fun fact: the name “Hospital of the Innocents” was quite common for Central Italian orphanages in the past centuries. Many descendants of those orphans still bear the surname “Degli Innocenti”, which was given to the abandoned children.
The original seal of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, which dates back to 1217, during the days of Saint Francis himself. Their first headquarters was on Mount Zion, in the place of the Upper Room (the coenaculum). It is for that reason that the Washing of the Feet and the Descent of the Holy Spirit are depicted on the seal, since those events occurred in the Cenacle.
So many of my favorite saints were Franciscans. AND the soon to be, one day canonized Saint Mother Angelica was a franciscan! People tell me all the time I am a young Mother Angelica…I wish.
Anyway, but I love their simplicity. They truely live the Gospel. They pray, they have devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, they are simple, they are poor, they just LOVE PEOPLE, and my community is ACTIVE AS ANYTHING! They really just live like Jesus. Really straightforward.
O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walking in Francis’ footsteps, we may follow your Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united with you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.