S. Maria degli Angeli and the Portiuncula
|door of the portiuncula with tourists|
|the backdrop over the altar in the portiuncula|
|This is a portion of the cord that Francis used to keep his robe tied.|
|This is a statue on the way to the rose garden - the dove is alive!!|
But wait...... there's more!!!
Francis asked for the favor that anyone visiting the portiuncula should have all sins and purgatorial time removed, (ie. plenary indulgence) so Pat and I are golden! I told him we should step out in front of a bus, because we would go straight to heaven! :-)
But wait......still more.....
That night (after a nap!!) we took the bus to Assisi and roamed around for a few hours. I was NOT up to climbing the hill/stairs (ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING in Umbria is up a hill or up stairs or down a hill or down stairs......even the bathrooms!!!!!!!) to S. Francesco's church, but we went into a little
There we saw a most charming creche/town of Bethlehem, a tradition begun by St. Francis.
|portion of the precepio|
|I love the little cloud of putti over the stable|