Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Chapelle St. Nicodeme: Secret Agent Man

En route to Vannes, a very tall spire out in the boonies in the vicinity of Guern attracted our attention. It turned out to be the Chapel of St. Nicodemus, a remarkably well preserved 15th-16th century chapel. The flamboyant architecture was complemented by many interesting wood and stone carvings, especially in the calvaire. St.Nicodemus is not among your better known saints, so I looked him up. The Catholic News Agency tells us that "St. Nicodemus was a secret disciple of Jesus. As a member of the Sanhedrin, he would meet Jesus by night so that the others would not see him with Jesus. Eventually, it was Nicodemus who reminded the Sanhedrin that Jesus had the right to a trial. Together with St. Joseph of Arimathea, he prepared Jesus' body and placed him in the tomb. Tradition holds that St. Nicodemus was martyred, though no record remains." Just FYI.

Rebecca, Penelope, and Jeremy outside the Chapel of St. Nicodemus

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