We begin in the “Chapel
of the Crucifix”, a work by an unknown author, which inspires merciful love
since it was placed above the altar of St. Ignatius between the end of the 16th
and the middle of the 17th century. Members of the choir, through
prayer and song, express their feelings of praise to the Lord’s mercy, as they
are accustomed to do at the beginning of the Eucharistic liturgies and in the
dialogue of personal prayer.
Then we find
ourselves in the “Chapel of the Passion” where the contemporary Bosnian painter
Safet Zec has created “The Descent of the Lord from the Cross,” with a vibrant
participation of the Society of Jesus represented at the top by St. Joseph
Pignatelli, who restored the Society after its suppression, in the centre by
Father Jan Roothaan, who brought spiritual renewal and stability, and at the
foot by Father Pedro Arrupe, a charismatic and missionary figure of the
post-Vatican Council II period.
Finally, we see above us the interior of the
Dome, painted by G.B. Gaulli, known as Baciccia, which expresses in a vision of
glory the presence of Saints Ignatius and Francis Xavier at the top of their
respective altars, surrounded by people and angels glorifying the Risen and
Glorious Christ with his cross, all looking up to the Father of Mercy and
Glory, inspired and transformed from above by the presence of the Holy Spirit
in the form of a dove.