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Reminiscences of Seventy Years

Excerpt from Reminiscences of Seventy Years: 1846-1916 The veil was the chief distinction of the virgin vowed to the service of God; it was given to the candidate by the Bishop, and the words used in the ceremony by the Bishop reveal its symbolism and its purpose. In the Cat acomb of Priscilla, on the Salarian Way, a pictorial representation in one of the oldest chambers shows the reception of the veil. There are three figures in the group - a Bishop, a deacon, and the maiden, who is about to receive the veil. The Bishop, an aged man with a white beard, is seated on a chair or throne. With his right hand he points before him, probably at the figure at the other extremity of the picture, which represents the Madonna, or Blessed Virgin, seated on a throne, holding the Divine Infant in her arms. The action of the Bishop has been interpreted as calling the attention of the virgin about to be professed and to receive the veil to the model she is to aim at imitating - the Virgin Mother. The maiden stands at the side of the Bishop holding the veil with both her hands. She is dressed in a long yellow tunic, with two red bands falling from the shoul ders to the feet. Behind her stands the deacon. In the center of the picture there is a large figure of a virgin with a veil and long dark red owing gown or tunic. The veil, which is white, hangs down on each side of her head, and near the ends it is crossed by bars of red color; it terminates in a fringe. This is, altogether, a noble figure. The pose is grand and graceful, the arms areextended and raised, the hands open, with the palms turned toward the spectator. The figure is that known as an Orante, or praying figure, and according to the generally accepted interpretation, represents the Virgin vowed to God who was, in all probability, buried here and is thus represented as having passed into the enjoy ment of heavenly bliss. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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