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Pieta

Our church possesses a statue, which is perhaps unique in Scotland. It is that of the sorrowing Mother of God, and is placed at the front of the Church.

The statue is of 16th Century Flemish or German workmanship; it is carved from solid oak and is in an excellent state of preservation. It is reputed to have been in use in one or other of the many Catholic churches in our land before the Reformation.

It came into the possession of Bishop Murdoch, the 3rd Vicar Apostolic of the Western District along with two others which are in a fragile state and are now (or were) preserved in the Museum of Scotus College in Bearsden. Bishop Murdoch had as a Co Adjutor, Bishop Smith, who was a great friend and protector of the Franciscan Sisters when they were first established in Glasgow. The statues were given to them and were long displayed in the corridors of Charlotte Street Convent. In 1905, they were given to Rev. O. F. Clays, who was then their chaplain, and he presented the statue here mentioned to the Church of St. Ignatius.

It was thoroughly freed from the many coats of varnish, which it had received and appropriately restored. A suitable altar shrine was procured and the stately statue once more displayed for veneration in the land where it had formerly been honoured.

In pre-Reformation days, this representation would have been called Our Lady of Pity, and probably as a corruption of Domina Nostra de Pietate is now called a Pieta. This is a statue of Our Lady holding the lifeless body of Her Divine Son (as it was given to her) when taken from the cross. The most famous example is that by Michaelangelo in St. Peter ' s in Rome. Ours is just as old!!!

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