4 Nov: The Death Mask of St. Charles Borromeo

A few years ago a priest friend of mine in an area of Switzerland which was of the Ambrosian Rite of Milan, sent me a video of a rare death mask of St. Charles Borromeo. He died after visiting that area and had actually left his biretta behind, which my friend’s church preserved.

The death mask of St. Charles Borromeo.

Truly one of the great noses of all time.

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  1. Adaquano says:

    My son’s name is Charles, and I pray daily for his intercession that Charles may possess the same zeal to love to serve and defend our Lord.

  2. JARay says:

    Recntly I was on pilgrimage in Europe and I saw there the death mask of St John of the Cross which was made in 1931. This really staggered me and this was only possible because his body is incorrupt but amazingly , his body has been cut into two with the two incorrupt parts in two different places in Spain.

  3. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    I just read that Molly Young and Teddy Blanks (both unknown to me) have made an “iOs-app Rejoinders” which uses the faces of people in Flemish and Dutch Renaissance paintings as emojis (!). Would adding/substituting the death masks of Renaissance Saints be a good or bad idea?

  4. TNCath says:

    What holy man! What a nasale!

  5. robtbrown says:

    St Charles Borromeo was a great man. His death mask also bears serious resemblance in the nose and mouth to Dobby.

    And this isn’t the only case: St Padre Pio looks like Dr John the Night Tripper.

  6. Sonshine135 says:

    Definitely a regal beak! I love St. Charles Borromeo! He is one of the great saints from the Council of Trent period.

  7. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    What a serenity and sweetness of expression!

    (Would the matrix have been a secondary relic, and this a tertiary?)

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