The Pardon in Brittany

by Pascal Dagnan-Bouvet (1885)

A solemn procession of people exiting the doors of a church and wending their way around the corner of an exterior wall toward the viewer. Most hold long, slender, lighted white candles. The women wear elaborate, starched white headdresses and collars, and the men carry round black hats and wear baggy knee breeches and long, fitted vests. The procession passes by two seated figures, their backs to the viewer and dressed in ragged clothing, who beg for alms by extending small plates.

Matthew 25:41-45

41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

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