24 November 2021

Praying in Ordinary Time 2021:
179, San Felice Church, Cannaregio

The Church of San Felice in Cannaregio has two façades, facing the square its gives its name to and facing the canal (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Patrick Comerford

We are in the last week of Ordinary Time, the week before Advent. Before a busy day begins, I am taking some time early this morning for prayer, reflection and reading.

Each morning in the time in the Church Calendar known as Ordinary Time, I have been reflecting in these ways:

1, photographs of a church or place of worship;

2, the day’s Gospel reading;

3, a prayer from the USPG prayer diary.

My theme on this prayer diary this week is seven more churches in Venice. Earlier in this prayer diary, I illustrated my morning reflections with images from churches in Venice and on Murano and Burano. While I was in Venice this month, I reflected on the synagogues in the Ghetto in Venice (7-13 November)

As part of my reflections and this prayer diary this week, I am looking at seven more churches I visited in Venice earlier this month. This theme continues this morning (24 November 2021) with photographs from the Church of San Felice, facing the square or camp it gives its name to.

Inside the Church of San Felice, rebuilt in the style of Mauro Codussi from 1531 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

The Church of San Felice is in the sestiere or district of Cannaregio in Venice . It faces the square or camp it gives its name to, on the other side of the Strada Nova.

The church was founded in the 10th century, although the first document mentioning it only dates from 1117. It was rebuilt in 1267 by the Patriarch of Caorle and Jesolo after it had been renovated and rebuilt.

The church was completely rebuilt in the style of Mauro Codussi, beginning in 1531.

The church is built on a square plan with two façades, the main one featuring pilasters with Corinthian capitals.

The interior is on the Greek cross plan, with four pillars at the crossing supporting the arcades of the dome.

The great works of art in the church include a painting of Saint Demetrius and the Venetian noble Zuan Pietro Ghisi, by Jacopo Robusti (1518-1594), generally known as Tintoretto (ca 1547). The crucifix is attributed to Andrea Brustolon. The organ is by Antonio et Agostino Callido.

An inscription inside the church recalls the baptism there of Carlo Rezzonico, the future Pope Clement XIII, on 29 March 1693.

Saint Demetrius and Zuan Pietro Ghisi by Tintoretto dates from 1531 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Luke 21: 12-19 (NRSVA):

[Jesus said:] 12 ‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13 This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; 15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 You will be hated by all because of my name. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.’

The organ in San Felice is by Antonio and Agostino Callido (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (24 November 2021) invites us to pray:

We pray for the Parish of Matero and the Diocese of Lusaka as they implement this transformative gender justice programme.

The campanile of the Church of San Felice (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition copyright © 1989, 1995, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. http://nrsvbibles.org

One façade of the Church of San Felice faces onto the neighbouring canal (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

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