The Holy Mount of Varallo Sesia.
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Title:The Holy Mount of Varallo Sesia

The Holy Mount of Varallo Sesia, Italy, is the first (late 15th century) of the sacred mountains of the Piedmont region of Italy to be established. Along the pathway leading up to the chapel at the top is a series of chapels, worked into the side of the hill. In these chapels are many life-sized freestanding polychromed terracotta statues, representing the life and mission of Christ.

This "holy mountain" has long served as a pilgrimage site, and it has been recognized by UNESCO andadded to the World Heritage List in 2003. On this Sunday, as we contemplate Christ's transfiguration on another holy mountain, we can recognize the desire of pilgrims, both historical and contemporary, to stand in a "holy place."

City/Town:Varallo Sesia

Scripture:Matthew 17:1-9
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Lectionary links:ATran
General Subject:Transfiguration

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Record Number:54285 Last Updated: 2017-12-28 12:40:17 Record Created: 2009-03-26 10:00:41
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