Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis

Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis

Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis
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CPaM68
Texas673 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
The Black Church, right across the street from San Giovanni Battista, is the chapel of the Brotherhood of Death and Prayer. Dating to the 16th century, it belongs to one of the surviving charitable lay groups created during the Counter-Reformation when the Catholic church was under threat from the Lutherans. The Confraternita dei Neri - Fraternity of Blacks - was responsible for the welfare of orphans, widows, victims of shipwrecks, burial of the destitute, and prayer for the lost souls who refused to donate to their cause. “Black” referred to the color of the attire they wore in their religious ceremonies and processions. The interior is decorated with the symbols of the Brotherhood, depicting a skull with crossbones and an hour-glass. A reminder that death is inevitable and awaits us all but as Christians life is eternal and death should not be feared. Entrance is free but donations for restoration are considered good luck and gratefully accepted.
Written March 12, 2014
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Violette54
Payson, AZ4,208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
This church was very hard for me to rate because it was so unusual. The Brotherhood was begun in the 16th century to support local families in their time of grief and need, and to help with burial costs for the very poor. The purpose was 'to pray the dead from purgatory into heaven'. The Brotherhood society is formed among Catholic churches and monasteries to support the doctrine of purgatory, and its constitution spells out details of how many masses, prayers, and good works shall be done for the repose of the deceased soul.
While the outside looks almost bureaucratic, the interior of the church is decorated with skulls and skeletons. I found this eerie and somewhat unsettling. I did not enjoy this experience. I would not recommend this place for children, who might associate it with the American Halloween.
Written June 25, 2017
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
My husband and I also visited this church and found it interesting . I did wonder about the skeletons and skulls- the only place i have seen it in church is in a small town in the Czech republic - on much larger scale.
Anyway we walked in the church, spend a moment, always find it interesting.
Had I known the history that Judy M described in her review it would have been even more interesting then.
I suppose it is all there in the name - Mortis....

I always rate churches - big or small - 5 stars, would find it hard to criticize .....
Written January 7, 2016
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Kyle S
Bridgeton, NJ987 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Formed during the time of the counter reformation, these Catholic brotherhoods were formed todo good works. THIS TOWN HAD TWO, NICKNAMED THE WHITE AND THE BLACK..This building belonged to the Black whose mission was to take care of funerals and the widows, orphans, and the shipwrecked. The membership was/is passed from father to son thru generations.
Inside the building are beautifully carved choir stalls and interesting chandeliers. On the ceiling is the symbol of the fraternity:skull and crossbones and an hour glass.
Written January 13, 2019
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sunnluvr
Houston, TX83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This church is very unique as the inscription over the front door translates to the name of a Club "The Company of Dead and Prayers" or "The Company of a Mafiosi gang" according to an Italian friend in Genoa. Unique interior, worth a look.
Written January 21, 2018
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Judy M
Wayne, PA736 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We popped in to take a look not knowing anything about this building or its history...just took lots of pictures thinking it was quite lovely with all the detailed carvings and the white and gold motif. I have come to learn that it was the oratory of the Black confraternity, a religious "club", whose mission was to arrange for funerals and take care of those in need: orphans, widows, shipwrecked people. Now I understand why the skeletons and skull-and-crossbones along with unusual chandeliers...a kinda haunted house look upon closer inspection! Membership has passed down from father to son for generations. Very interesting and worth your time as you will pass it often while staying in this beautiful village!
Written October 20, 2015
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Leo V
Vancouver, BC, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
I don’t know what drew me to this seemingly neglected church. While tourists flock the Church of Saint John the Baptist nearby, only a three-piece busker band and a beggar stood in front of the Oratory of the Fraternity of Blacks. What I found was a baroque church under renovation, with white ornate sculptures and dark themes such as skeletons and crossbones. I only found out later that this was one of several oratories built to counter the Reformist movement of the Lutherans through many brotherhoods. This “black” brotherhood church was dedicated to charitable works for widows, orphans, pirates, and for the uncharitable. Now I understand why that beggar followed me in and asked for alms. This is a place for giving and accepting charity. For the sake of my soul, I’m glad I dropped one Euro in the donation box.
Written May 10, 2017
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preglad
New York3,531 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Couples
How does an oratory built just aside a house of worship not seem a bit redundant? For everyday people with little to hope for in a short life on earth, survival whether here, there or through a lineage is a hyper compelling most fundamental drive in their existence. An oratorio such as in Monterosso served as a reminder and a passageway, as well as a starter social club for privileged special members, and had a timely functionality more specialized than the church just next door.

Theology was built on promises of something better and for eternity to boot. For illiterate people representing over 95% of Europe's population, the church was the social institution as eating or drinking in public places was far too expensive. Essentially only clergy, those in law and commerce could read and write. Others working long hours both outdoors and at home were lucky to get a bit of time off on the Sabbath.

Infused with an abrasive mix of fear of the Lord (Hell, Purgatory), hope for a better world (unchallenged as elsewhere and beyond of course, a la a permanent Heaven), and faith that they'd be among the chosen, houses of worship and ritual were the stone marble, glass and mortar bridge between two worlds radically different in every way unless, of course, one's a member of those three more privileged classes.

For most, during the Middle Ages, life beyond the better flighty respite found within a fragile homestead, turning to the clergy and its rituals offered both momentary and visions of long range relief. It's not all that different with Face Time and cell phones today.
Written April 12, 2016
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Ali-May-99
Brisbane, Australia423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stumbled in during a walk around town and really enjoyed looking around this curious church. The death iconography is not morbid or gratuitous, but rather beautiful. There is a collection box as they are saving for restorations.
Written September 17, 2014
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Dan F
Waikoloa, HI537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013
Although we had visited this small church twice before on prior visits, on this trip we stayed in an apartment for two weeks next door, one floor above it. Our living room window opened over the roof and about 10 feet from the dome of the church which gave off an eerie glow at night. The sculptures of skulls and crossbones are numerous, and don't forget to leave an offering for good luck!
Written January 2, 2014
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