Source: Willem Vandenameele
This is an open wayside chapel that is built diagonally on the street corner opposite Gielestraat. It is a simple rectangular brick chapel with tiles of saddle roof, probably dating from the fourth quarter of the 19th century. We see a curved arch in the white frontage with a recently renewed layer of wooden fence. Inside there is a crucifix with paternoster on the wall above a simple altarpiece with several small saints, namely Our Lady with Child, Sacred Heart, Saint Vincent. There is also a wall in chamfered inner corners with right Saint Rochus statue and left Saint-Antonius statue with child.
The Holy Vincent is depicted surrounded by children, poor, needy and/or prisoners.
He is the patron saint of the lazarists and finceresses; of the clergy (clergymen). He is the patron saint of prisoners, neglected young people (since 1885) and orphans; of charity, charitable associations and charities and hospitals. His advocacy is invoked for spiritual help and the recovery of lost objects.
He was born in 1576 and after studying theology at the University of Toulouse he was consecrated a priest in 1600. After being captured by Turkish pirates during a sea voyage in 1602, he was sold as a slave but managed to escape in 1609. In 1617 he founded his first Brotherhood of Love (' Confrérie de la Charité'). That is what happened:
When he was about to start the Mass, a lady came to tell him that she had just visited a sick person outside the village. It appeared that these people were very poorl. She feared for the sick person's life, because the people of that house simply had nothing to eat there. Father Vincent was so impressed that he came back to it in his sermon. That afternoon he decided to take a look at the sick person himself. To his surprise he met all kinds of people who came from the opposite direction. It turned out that many people had brought food and drink to this poor sick person and his family: so much that they didn't stand up and that the food was now ruined! He thought of how these well-intentioned villagers were like sheep without a shepherd and decided to organize the relief effort in a Brotherhood of Love....
Saint Rochus was probably born around 1350 and died around 1380. There are hardly any historical data about Rochus. From his birth he had a wine spot on his left hand side in the shape of a cross: it was considered to be a sign of God. After the death of his parents, he decided to lead the life of a pilgrim. He gave his money away to the poor and entrusted the management of his goods to an uncle. He set out on his way. When he arrived somewhere where the plague raged or another disease, he stayed there to care for the sick. He managed to cure some by means of a sign of cross.
Finally he arrived in Rome, where he spent three years. On the way back home, he was stopped in the city of Piacenza again because of the fact that there were plague sufferers to take care of. There, after all, he himself was hit by that disease and withdrew into a neighbouring forest, afraid that he might infect others. He was discovered there by a neighboring landlord, because his dog went there each time with a hunk of bread. Further research showed that Rochus was provided food in this way. This legend suggests that the landlord was not popular in his surroundings. But thanks to Rochus's merit, they were reminded that you have to love your neighbor as yourself. This way the young man was reintegrated into people's lives.
Finally he healed from the plague and he went home. There was a civil war there at that time. Promptly he was taken for a spy. Nobody recognized him, nor did he recognise his own family or the judge to whom he was answerable. And that judge was still the uncle who managed his goods.
Rochus silenced himself after the example of Jesus in front of Pilate.... The mood must have been so hostile that he could be sure that no one would believe him. He was thrown into prison. He lived there for another five years or so (eight even according to legend). Then he died. According to one version he was recognized after his death because he carried identity documents with him. A more romantic lecture tells us that his grandmother recognized him by the remarkable wine spot in the shape of a cross on his left side....
Rochus is one of the plague saints. He is called upon against plague, cholera and other epidemics, as well as pain in the feet, knees and legs; also against rabies, fowl pest and all kinds of accidents.
He is the pattern of prisoners, sick people, hospitals, host houses, hospitals, hospitals, hospitals, doctors, surgeons, surgeons, pharmacists and gravediggers; also of art dealers; farmers, horticulturists, hop brewers and winegrowers; occupiers, street makers, carpenters and fireworksmen; in addition, sailors and carmakers.
Saint Rochus is therefore often depicted with a wound on his left leg to which he alludes with his finger, wounds on the knuckles of his right hand which he presses against his heart and a dog at his foot.
The holy Antonius is depicted in brown franciscan pipe; with lily (virginity) and a book on which the Christchild sits. The story says that, when he was already seriously weakened, he had been persuaded to have himself cared for on the estate of a friendly Count, Tiso. One evening Tiso saw a very bright light shining through the cracks of Antonius' room. Fearful that there was a fire, he threw the door open. To his amazement he saw Antonius standing there with a radiant child on his arm. The bright light came off from that child. When a little while later everything was normal again, Antonius asked his friend never to talk to someone about it. That was Tiso's promise, but he believed that he had been dismissed from that promise after Antonius' death.
He was from the Portuguese capital Lisbon and seems to have descended from Godfried of Bouillon.
Legend with the donkey:
Antonius lived in the time when Albigenzen heresy had spread widely. The Albigenians denied the deity of Christ. In contrast to a leader of the Albigenians, Antonius chose a very remarkable way to convince the man. He wanted to bet that the ass of the Albenians would show respect to the host where his master did not do that! To start with, the animal was no longer fed for three days. The feeding trough was then filled to the edge. Now Antonius kept the animal as the sacred host. It left his bowl behind what it was and went straight through the knees to show his respect.
To which the heretic indeed converted.
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