The original convent and church of Saint Mary of the Graces
|The convent and church of Saint Mary of the Graces in San Giovanni Rotondo when Padre Pio moved in in 1916.|
|The outside of the church.|
|The inside of the church.|
The women were allowed in the old sacristy to meet Padre Pio passing by.
|In the old sacristy are preserved liturgical objects used by Padre Pio. The corridor|
|Padre Pio's room|
The choir were he received the Wounds
Padre Pio celebrated Mass at the main altar or at
the altar of St. Francis. The church was small and the faithful were
plenty. When the new church of St. Mary of the Graces was built Padre
Pio celebrate there everyday. In special festivities the Mass was
solemn, with deacon and subdeacon, singing choir and incense.
Padre Pio at Christmas, on Ash Wednesday, during
the holy week , and vespers with use of the monstrance.
Christmas Ash Wednesday Holy Thursday
Good Friday Vespers
Padre Pio always confessed the women in the
confessional located on the left side of the old church. Reservations
were needed. Strict dress code applied. The confessional has been
reservations and rules The men confessed always in the old sacristy There was just a chair and a kneeler.
There were reservations and rules for them too.
"La finestrella". At
noon Padre Pio used to appear at the window of the choir, just above the
entrance of the old church. He prayed "The Angel of God" with the
faithful, and than waived to them with the white enormous old fashioned
|Some facial expressions of Padre Pio|
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