mercredi, février 21, 2007

Introibo ad Altare Dei

February 21st 1794

A priest is condemned to capital punishment.

What was is crime? He was a Catholic priest.

Liberté - Egalité - Fraternité ?? Not for everyone !

The police seized Father Pinot when he was about to say Mass, and took him off to prison vested in his chasuble. For a week they held him prisoner, severely mistreating him. When he absolutely refused to take the required oath ( Constitution Civile du Clergé ), he was finally sentenced to beheading by the guillotine.
On February 21, 1794, Abbe Noel Pinot was led off to the scaffold, still clothed in his priestly vestments. En route, it is said, he kept repeating the psalm-verse that priests recite at the beginning of Mass: "Introibo ad altare Dei"; "I will go in unto the altar of God."
He was beatified in 1926. He had died for fidelity to the Holy See. He was canonized in 1984.

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