INVITATION – On Tuesday June 28, 2016, the first vespers for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul will take place at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu at 6:00 pm. There will also be the blessing of a mosaic that completes the unfinished work of Fr. Etienne Boubet.
On the western wall of the church, a big picture over Mary, Queen of martyrs, was missing. The written sentence hints at Siméon’s prediction, announcing that a sword would pierce him the heart. Yet, all the tradition sees the realization of this prediction at a time when Mary is at the foot of the cross and a soldier pierces the side of the dead Christ. In his iconographic program, Father Boubet must have planned a scene of the crucifixion with Mary and John at the foot of the cross.
Considering that it was necessary to keep the same material of mosaic, we have turned to the workshop of the mosaicists of Jericho which have already restored at our home the mosaic of the entrance of the crypt. We decided that each of the figures, the Crucifixion, Mary and John, would be realized on a support for the restoration of mosaics, and fixed then to the existing wall.
The scene which is facing represents the Christ appearing in front of the sanhedrin; he is dressed in the tunic of high priest and raises eyes towards the cross which comes down from the sky. From there, was born the idea to represent him in cross as high priest. Yet, since the birth of the project, Pope François decided to celebrate a Jubilee of the Mercy and it turns out that Father Rupnik had the same idea for the evangeliarium donated to the Pope: The cover of the evangeliarium offered to pope François, whom the assembly contemplates when the deacon carries the Gospel in procession, represents the crucified Christ high priest, explains P. Rupnik who quotes the Epistle to the Hebrews: an invitation to contemplate the mercy ” in the priesthood of the Christ “: ” a merciful high priest “.
This work will make memory of the extraordinary Jubilee of the Mercy, which concerns quite particularly our sanctuary, because he calls back the look of the Lord laid on Peter, look of mercy and forgiveness.
Fr. Jean Daniel Gullung, Assomptionnist, Rector Saint-Peter-in-Gallicantu.