Saint Gregory’s Mass

 

Saint Gregory’s Mass

 

Saint Gregory’s Mass

An old tradition says that once, while Pope Gregory was officiating a Mass in the Roman basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, one of his altar boys doubted the Eucharistic mystery. Then, a bleeding Christ appeared miraculously above the altar to testify to it. In the detailed depiction of this Eucharistic miracle the Arma Christi appear spread out as in a symbolic mystic panoply, evoking and identifying the different insults and episodes that Jesus suffered in his Passion. They are instruments and symbols that evoke his sacrifice on behalf of the salvation of mankind prior to his Glorification. Noticeable among them is the orderly arrangement of the thirty pieces of silver that according to the Gospels was the price of Judas’ betrayal. Despite some lines, the coins are not faithful copies of any real pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mass of Saint Gregory, Diego de la Cruz, before 1480

Room 29