As I just discovered my baby kitty (AKA Leif the furry monster) has cancer, I’m putting up a Sunday Shrine to St. Roch in New Orleans.
Leif the furry monster. Considerably trimmer and younger.
Here’s hoping that the fine folks at NCIS NOLA
get a clue mention this awesome place! Though looking at the photos, they’ve had some shots of this area already.
This was built in honor of St. Roch, who is a plague saint very popular in Germany. You can find lots of chapels and shrines to him all down the Rhine. St. Roch used to be a predominantly German neighborhood, and this chapel retains the culture that built it.During the yellow fever epidemic in 1868, Father Peter Leonhard Thevis prayed to St. Roch to spare his congregation. If no one died of the fever, he would build a chapel in the cemetery in his honor. Lo, no one died, so this chapel was erected. It has been a place of prayer and healing. So, why do I ask St. Roch to help my cat? Because St. Roch himself became ill, after healing so many. When the fathers of the city tossed him out, a nobleman’s dog brought him food, licked his wounds. St. Roch survived to heal, and has been considered a protector of animals. A great many people have come here for prayers, and leave tokens of appreciation, including moulded body parts, bricks of thanks, pennies and even food. It echoes the milagro tradition practiced in the Southwest, especially on the border. It has a long history.
UPDATE: Another nice set of photos of St. Roch cemetery.