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St Louis Bertrand. "In Christian iconography, St Louis Bertrand is often portrayed holding a chalice from which serpents are emerging. [This] recalls the story of [Saint] Louis' missionary preaching …More
St Louis Bertrand.

"In Christian iconography, St Louis Bertrand is often portrayed holding a chalice from which serpents are emerging. [This] recalls the story of [Saint] Louis' missionary preaching in South America. A native priest, showing his jealous contempt for our saint, gave him a chalice of poison at the Holy Mass. Louis made the sign of the Cross over the toxic potion, and serpents sprang from the chalice, thus revealing its true contents and saving his life." Today, 9 October, is the feast of St Louis Bertrand (aka Luis Beltran) who is the Dominican patron saint of novice masters and novitiates. This painting hangs in the priory of Santa Sabina in Rome.

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