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2 Upward Bound: The Vendramin and the Miracle of the True Cross at the Bridge of San Lorenzo

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On March 3, 1370, the Venetian confraternity of San Giovanni Evangelista took their fragment of the True Cross out into one of its festive processions around the city. This day occurred early in the beginning of Lenten events, during which all the scuole grande proceeded to San Pietro di Castello and back to San Marco, stopping along the way to honor several of the city's saintly patrons and their churches. One of the last stops on San Giovanni Evangelista's route was San Lorenzo. At a narrow bridge, a dense crowd pressed the cross-bearer too hard. He lost his balance, and the precious relic tumbled over the parapet. The Cross did not sink into the canal. Only when the scuola's guardian grande, Andrea Vendramin, threw himself into the canal the Cross move toward him and allow itself to be rescued. Many people witnessed this clear miracle with their own eyes.

Keywords: Andrea Vendramin; Lenten events; San Giovanni Evangelista; San Lorenzo; True Cross

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