Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Les Aumôniers de la Guillotine



Here is the final installment of the essay about Marie-Antoinette's last Mass.
The little wooden table has been transformed into an altar, two trembling lights brighten the pale face of the priest, whose voice is going to call down Our Lord in the Host; behind, lost in shadow, Marie-Antoinette, Miss Fouché, and the two soldiers kneel, following, without misssing a single thing, the liturgical gestures and words; then, when the moment for communion comes, the queen, the first, approaches the Holy Table, then it is Miss Fouche's turn, and finally, very humbly, the guards receive their God.

Nothing is suspected; the cell's vaults will keep their secret, and, the ceremony now ended, when Fr. Magnin and his companion return to their lodgings, Marie-Antoinette, remaining alone with her guardians, will have the long hours to pray to Him Who will give her the strength to climb, to the end, her Calvary.
~Jacques Hérissay, Les Aumôniers de la Guillotine, Chapitre II, 1963
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7 comments:

Sanctus Belle said...

That was beautiful

Forward Boldly said...

Merci pour le lien!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Sanctus Belle!

De rien, Christine!

Anonymous said...

Mercifully, God presented her with an opportunity for preparation for death. Those priests who put their life on the line in order to facilitate it were true heros for the Faith.

elena maria vidal said...

Brave men and true heroes.

Anonymous said...

what happened to her children?

elena maria vidal said...

There are several posts on this blog about that. Just do an on-site search on "Marie-Antoinette's children."