Friday, February 18, 2011

Blessed Giovanni of Fiesole (Guido di Pietro) - AKA, Beato Fra Angelico



Pope John Paul II beatified Fra Angelico on October 3, 1982 and in 1984 declared him patron of Catholic artists.
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Angelico was reported to say "He who does Christ's work must stay with Christ always". This motto earned him the epithet "Blessed Angelico", because of the perfect integrity of his life and the almost divine beauty of the images he painted, to a superlative extent those of the Blessed Virgin Mary. - Pope John Paul II
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Fra Angelico is among those privileged few who have been beatified without a miracle.
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"We, with sound knowledge, bearing in mind the considerable merits in the Church of Fra Giovanni da Fiesole, exclusively for the good of souls, of Our own initiative and with Our apostolic authority, concede as a sign of special grace that his birthday, with the title of "Blessed" in the Liturgy of the Hours and in the Eucharist may be celebrated, with an obligatory degree of remembrance, in the basilica of S. Maria sopra Minerva, where his body is buried, and with a facultative degree of remembrance throughout the Order of Preaching Friars."  - Ven. John Paul II, Moniales OP

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Art:  B. Fra Angelico, thanks to Moniales OP

3 comments:

  1. I am not familiar with him..thank you for sharing!!

    Sara

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  2. Anonymous6:03 PM

    Maybe his paintings are the miracle, or miracles. Happy st. Bernadette Maria Soubirous feastday (in the old-calendar??)... Rosamaria W.Arrojo..

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  3. Blessed Fra Angelico, whose very humility and nothingness was the palette from which sprung your expressions of sublimity in fresco, pray for us before the King of Kings, that we may be spared from all egotism, from all vanity, from all status and from art history. Thank you.

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