We Rise to Share His Glory
April 2016 Legionnaire Article
by Fr. Bob Humacher
This glorious crucifix hangs above the main altar in the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi. I wish we could print it in color for you. The body of Christ hanging in death is painted in subtle hues of grey and brown. The figures of Mary and St. John near his hands are draped in vibrant red, as are the angels on either side of another image of Mary above the Lord’s head. Christ triumphant at the top of the upright beam is also clothed in red. The cross and the checkered area behind Christ are black, red and gold. It is a masterpiece, known as La Croce della Badessa Benedetta, the Cross of Abbess Benedetta.
I lived with Franciscan scholar, Marino Bigaroni, in Assisi in the 1990’s. He taught me many things and wrote the definitive book on the Basilica of Clare, La Basilica di S. Chiara in Assisi, filled with remarkable photographs and historical accuracy. According to Marino’s research Sister Benedetta was named abbess of the San Damiano community of Poor Clares immediately upon the death of St. Clare in 1253. Clare was canonized in 1255 and a main character witness for her canonization was Sister Benedetta. The Basilica was begun in 1257 and finished just eight years later. This crucifix was probably the first painting commissioned for the new church; the inscription on the cross states that Sr. Benedetta commissioned it before her death in 1260. She is pictured near the right foot of Christ next to Francis and Clare is near his left foot. It is attributed to the Maestro di Santa Chiara.
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A Journey of Faith, Art, Music, History and Enchantment
With Spiritual Leader and Host, Fr. Bob Hutmacher
October 24-30, 2016
The Nature Suite
New music by Robert M. Hutmacher, ofm
with Orchestra da Camera di Perugia
The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us. My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness. I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.
This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style. My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration. Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation
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The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob
New, New, New (January 2016) By Fr. Robert Hutmacher, O.F.M.
A Composer's Conversion (February 2016) By Fr. Robert Hutmacher, O.F.M.
Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016) By Fr. Robert Hutmacher, O.F.M.