The grave

Lunedì 2 luglio 1973, i Resti mortali di Maria Valtorta sono stati tumulati alla Ss. Annunziata a Firenze. Rimasti nel Camposanto della Misericordia di Viareggio dopo l’esumazione compiuta il 12 ottobre 1971, decimo anniversario della morte della pia scrittrice, i Resti mortali sono stati traslati in forma privata a Firenze e definitivamente tumulati alla Ss. Annunziata, precisamente nella Cappella detta «del Capitolo», che si apre sul grande Chiostro annesso alla celebre Basilica.

Maria Valtorta è sepolta a Firenze. La città che tanto amava,
and where she treated wounded soldiers of the First World War,
has welcomed her mortal remains, which were interred in the Ss. Annunziata.

The request for the privileged burial in a consecrated place was made two years earlier by the Community of the Servants of Mary of the Ss. Annunziata, and immediately obtained the explicit consent of the Archbishop of Florence, which also suggested, as a place for the honorific tomb, precisely the Chapter Chapel.

The long civil practices were started by the Prior of the same community, Father Gabriele M. Alessandrini; but their fulfilment is mainly attributed to the spontaneous and diligent work of the rag. Domenico Fiorillo, a Valtortian friend of all hours.

The closest people followed the evolution of the practice with detachment, with the intention of leaving the realisation of an event, which would have appeared highly significant, to the Will of God alone.

  • July 2, 1973

    The departure from Viareggio

    On the morning of last July 2, therefore, in the presence of a few close friends, a priest, and the people necessarily in charge of these tasks, the tomb of the Valtorta Family was reopened in the Viareggio cemetery, to be taken the metal box containing the Bones of Mary.

    After the ritual checks, the precious luggage, wrapped in a cloth, was placed in a private car, where they took place: Marta Diciotti, Father Gabriele M. Roschini o.s.m., the publisher Emilio Pisani and Mrs Claudia, his wife. Four members of the Mencarini-Antonini family followed in another car - the only escort - the people who, after Marta Diciotti, were the closest to the sick writer from Viareggio.

    Before taking the highway to Florence, the very short procession deliberately diverted towards the city center, took Via Fratti and, solemnly anonymous in the grip of intense traffic, stopped for a few moments (the time allowed by the red traffic light) in front of the «House». A gesture of homage, of begged blessing, of extreme confidence, before total detachment ...

  • July2, 1973

    The arrival in Florence

    We arrived in Florence at around 11 am, welcomed by our friend Fiorillo in the lively and oblivious Piazza della Ss. Annunziata. The box was devoutly carried, through the beautiful Cloister, to the Chapter Chapel, where a representative of the Community of the Servants of Mary - whose Prior, Father Alessandrini, had met in the Cloister, awaited - and Father Corrado M. Berti osm, arrived from Rome.

    Shortly after, the Holy Mass began, concelebrated by three served Fathers; Gabriele M. Roschini, Corrado M. Berti, Celestino M. Bresci.

At the end of the rite, Father Roschini, who had presided over the concelebration, gave a speech which, although improvised (since it was requested at the last moment by the prior father), proved to be worthy of the orator, pious priest and authoritative man of science, recently struck by the Valtortian writings to the point of becoming, in a few months, a profound connoisseur.

Father Roschini began by recalling, with reference to the intimate nature of the ceremony that was taking place, the aura of silence and solitude that has always enveloped the greatest events: such as the Annunciation, like the Nativity of the Lord. He touched on some aspects of Maria Valtorta's spirituality, referring in particular to Marian devotion. He paused to consider the high and decisive mission of Valtortian writings in the troubled contemporary world. He defined July 2, 1973 as "a historic date" for the Church, for the city of Florence, for the Order of the Servants of Mary, for the whole world.

After the blessing to the small coffin (the metal box brought from Viareggio had been inserted into a wooden box, set up in Florence) and to the sepulchral pit, the dear Remains were lowered to their final home, accompanied by a parchment with the signatures of all those present, but even more by Marta's moving words of farewell and by the silent unanimous prayer.

Padre Gabriele M. Roschini

THE BASILICA OF THE HOLY ANNUNCIATION IN FLORENCE

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