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1697 Rome basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, receipt mass

$70.00 CAD

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Io infrascritto ho riceuuto da  _ Angelo Francesco Casanova  la consueta elemofina d’uno scudo per far cantar la Messa al Celebre Priuilegiato Altare nell’ antichissimo Cimiterio di S. Lorenzo fuori delle mura per l’anima di Pacifico figlio  delgm – Maria di Canavi
Et in fede & c. Questo di 2 del Mese di
Feb.  & anno 1697
Io D:Gio: Balta P __ Sto Law


I translate this as: 

I have inscribed as receiving from Angelo Francesco Casanova the usual donation of a scudo (unit of Italian currency, large silver coin) to sing the Mass at the Privileged Altar of the old Cemetery of St. Lawrence outside the Walls for the soul of Pacifica son of  ____ Maria Canavi.

And in faith ___ this  2nd of the month of February & year 1697

       I, ___________ St Lawrence

Fantastic engraving of San Lorenzo (St Laurence) with two skulls above his head and inscription 'S. Lorenzo fuori delle Mura' (Saint Lawrence outside the Walls).  He has the iron grill in one hand, which represents his martyrdom (roasted on an iron grill over a slow fire). See below.

Also has religious stamp.

Smalll hole near middle. Right side of document folded, not affecting text. Slight vertical and horizontal folds. Noticeable rust spots.  

10.5 x 24 cm


The Papal Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura) is a Roman Catholic Papal minor basilica and parish church, located in Rome, Italy. The Basilica is one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome and one of the five former "patriarchal basilicas", each of which was assigned to the care of a Latin Church patriarchate. The Basilica was assigned to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The Basilica is the shrine of the tomb of its namesake, Saint Lawrence (sometimes spelled "Laurence"), one of the first seven deacons of Rome who was martyred in 258. Many other saints and Bl. Pope Pius IX are also buried at the Basilica, which is the center of a large and ancient burial complex.



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