Since the beginning of this photographic project, I wanted to take a photo of this mosaic at the front of the church of Saint Peter and Paul in Kočerin (village, 10 kilometers west from Široki Brijeg). So, about month ago I decided that I should finally take a shot of saint Francis mosaic at week no. 40 of my Project 52. This photo was taken on 4th of October (st. Francis day), in honor of Saint Francis.
Now some info about this very incredible mosaic:
This is the highest mosaic in the world, with its height of 25 meters, work of professor Ante Starčević (assemblers: A. Ereš, B. Galić and V. Marušić).
For the very end here is a song that Saint Francis was singing just before he died:
1 I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. 2 I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. 3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. 4 Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. 5 I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” 6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. 7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
(Psalam 142 in croatian:
Glasno vičem Gospodu; glasno vapijem Gospodu za milost. Izlijevam pred njim tužnjavu svoju, nevolju svoju govorim pred njim. Ako i jest duh moju meni iznemogao, ti znaš stazu moju; na putu, kojim sam išao, postaviše mi zamku potajno. Pogledaj nadesno i vidi: nemam nikoga, koji pazi na me; nestade mi svakoga utočišta; nitko se ne brine za život moj. Gospode, vapijem k tebi; velim: ti si utočište moje, dio moju zemlji živih. Čuj molbu moju; jer sam posve izmoren! Izbavi me od progonitelja mojih; jer su oni meni odveć jaki. Izvedi iz tamnice dušu moju, da slavim ime tvoje! Tada će se pravednici radosno okupiti oko mene, kad mi učiniš dobro.)
(Soul of Christ)
Every year, on first sunday after the feast of ”Mala Gospa” in Medjugorje parish it is tradition to celebrate the THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS. This year the Holy Mass was celebrated on sunday the 15th of september on Križevac hill.
So many people were on that sunday gathered around the Cross, to celebrate the Holy Mass, to ask Jesus to show them path to his Heart and Soul, how to live life according to gospel.
I called this photo ”Anima Christi” (the Soul of Christ), because most of the people are hurt and craving for Jesus to heal their souls.
Here you can read in Latin and in english an old prayer Anima Christi:
Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te.
In saecula saeculorum.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Separated from Thee let me never be (“Permit me not to be separated from Thee”)
From the malicious enemy defend me (“From the malignant enemy defend me”)
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints (“That with thy Saints I may praise Thee”)
Forever and ever
From Dust to Dust
When I took this photo on Križevac Hill (in Medjugorje), I had one sentence on my mind:
”By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19)
Križevac is a hill above Medjugorje (520 m). On its top the parishioners 15th of march 1934, raised 8.56 meters high reinforced concrete cross on which was written:
”Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the human race, as a sign of their faith, love and hope, in
reminiscence of 1900 year anniversary of the Passion of Jesus. ”
Photo of wild horses located on plateau called Bile, about 20 kilometers from Mostar and Siroki Brijeg. In hot summer days, without rainy days, only water for these horses are couple of these puddles. There are about 100 horses spreaded around Bile.
Sea and the beaches of Makarska inspired me again to take some photos. After long day at a construction site this photo walk has been really relaxing and inspiring.