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Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence.

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.

She beheld her tender Child,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.

The fresco shown above is a detail of this large crucifixion scene (click to enlarge).

Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence.

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence.

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother’s pain untold?

Follow the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem in this video.

Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence. If you look carefully, there are words coming from Christ: “This day you will be with me in Paradise.”

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

This is a Stabat Mater set by John Browne (1425-1505), sung by The Tallis Scholars.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti!

Quae mœrebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati pœnas inclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?

O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.

Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco.

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.

Stabat Mater

Detail from the cycle of frescoes by Fra Angelico in San Marco in Florence, Italy.

The fresco is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco.

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

Stabat mater dolorosa
juxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.

Exploring Renaissance Florence

Monday, Sept. 7. We started our first full day in Florence with morning prayer at the basilica of San Lorenzo. Like most major churches here there is a special door for those who wish to pray or attend Mass so that aspect is preserved in contrast to tourism. This was the parish church of the Medici family and many are buried.

          

We attended Mass at the Duomo, again, entering at the prayer door. This might be the only way we enter this trip because even before it opened the line to enter was down the street. This cathedral is awesome inside and out, with many colors of marble creating geometric patterns. The dome is largest brick dome in the world engineered by Brunelleschi.

Main doors of the Duomo (cathedral). Florence, Italy.

Main doors of the Duomo (cathedral). Florence, Italy.

Duomo. The Florence cathedral.

Bell tower of duomo

Interior of the dome.

Morning Mass at the Duomo

High altar.

We were excited to go to the Museum of San Marco. It was the monastery which was home to Fra Angelico, and his frescoes are in every room and monastic cell. Like the Scrovengni chapel in Padua it is considered a masterpiece of European art. The works are familiar but it was amazing to see them in their original context.

Annunciation.

The Last Supper. Monastery tefectory (now a gift shop). Museum of San Marco.

Crucifixion with saints. Monastery chapter room. Museum of San Marco. Florence, Italy.

Crucifixion with saints. Monastery chapter room. Museum of San Marco. Florence, Italy.

Fra Angelico fresco in monastery cell. Museum of San Marco.

Fra Angelico fresco in monastery cell. Museum of San Marco.

San Marco Church sanctuary in Florence, Italy.

San Marco Church sanctuary in Florence, Italy.

Side altar with local saint, Antonio Pierazzi. San Marco Church. Florence, Italy.

Side altar with local saint, Antonio Pierazzi. San Marco Church. Florence, Italy.

A local sanctuary. Florence, Italy.

A local sanctuary. Florence, Italy.

Hospital of the Innocents

After lunch we hiked up to an overlook of Florence, the piazzale of Michaelangelo. The hike was through a gate of the city walls and up into the surrounding mountains. From the city it is easy to forget that Florence is ringed with mountains.

This view posted is panoramic. If you wish you can download to see it in its entirety.

Saint Ann Church.

Saint Ann Church.

In Saint Ann church.

After dinner we attended a concert in Or San Michele. The concert was held on the upper floor, amidst original statues. The windows were open that afforded great views of the city, but also admitted the noise from the lively street life below.

San Michele sanctuary. Florence, Italy.

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The Palazzo Vecchio . Florence, Italy. (The statues are reproductions).

Santa Croce Church. Florence, Italy.

Santa Croce Church. Florence, Italy.

San Miniato Church. Florence, Italy.

San Miniato Church. Florence, Italy.

After dinner we attended a concert in Or San Michele. The concert was held on the upper floor, amidst original statues. The windows were open that afforded great views of the city, but also admitted the noise from the lively street life below.