16.10.08

Food for the Journey, Marie-Antoinette receives Viaticum

In my last entries I find that I perhaps left it unclear that Marie-Antoinette did in fact receive Viaticum (1) before her death. I post a past article by Elena-Maria Vidal from 2007.

The Queen was bone tired. She was led across the courtyard of the Palais de Justice to the Conciergerie and her damp, moldy cell. Yet in that hopeless place she had received much spiritual consolation. Two of her guards were devout Catholics, and earlier in the fall had permitted the holy, non-juring priest Abbé Magnin to twice hear her confession, and even once say Mass in her cell. She had been able to receive Holy Communion for the first time in more than a year. "Now you will have the strength to endure your torments," the Abbé said to her. The guards assisted at Mass with her. Two nights before the trial began, another non-juring priest secretly brought her Holy Communion. She knew it was her Viaticum....~from Trianon by Elena Maria Vidal, Chapter Seven "The Sacrifice"

Posted by Elena-Maria Vidal April 25, 2007
on Tea at Trianon

(1) Viaticum means food for the journey

Thanks to Elena-Maria, and Catherine.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

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