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St. Roch

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA
I've been wanting to show this for a while now.

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

It's the St. Roch shrine in New Orleans that we visited.

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Believed to have been born in France around 1295, St. Roch was credited with curing the plague in victims by showing them the symbol of the cross (he was also said to have been born with a cross symbol on his chest).

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

At one point, he became sick with the plague and went into the forest to die alone. A dog found him and brought him nourishment each day. He survived, and is often depicted in art with a dog:

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Years later, after he passed away, miracles were reported to have been performed when believers asked for his intercession. He is a patron of invalids, the saint of dogs and dog-lovers, and is invoked by those who need physical healing.

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

In 1868, his intercession was called for by members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Orleans during the Yellow Fever epidemic. All the congregants were spared of the disease. In thanks, this chapel / shrine and cemetery were built in his honor.

Since then, people have left items testifying to their belief and healing with St. Roch's help.

There are items from what we today consider primitive orthopaedic aids to modern-day radiation therapy items:
Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

Saint Roch Cemetery and Shrine, New Orleans LA

I'm not Catholic, but standing in this small shrine was one of the most inspiring, electric (yet completely peaceful) experiences I've ever had.  I hope that all those who have asked, and continue to ask, for St. Roch's intercession receive their healing.  

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