The purpose of this graphic document is
to objectively share with the reader the details of the resting place
of the mortal remains of the founder of the Opus Dei. The translation
appears in the original Spanish sources, was made by a competent
Álvaro del Portillo, beatified in 2014, and Javier
Echevarría, St. Josemaría's first and second successors
the head of Opus Dei are buried in a
small crypt below the church of Santa Maria de la Paz (Holy Mary of the
Peace), in Rome.
Initially, St. Josemaría was buried in
this crypt on June 27, 1975. On the marble slab was placed, under the
seal of Opus Dei, the inscription: EL
PADRE (THE FATHER),
which still remains. After his
beatification, in 1992, the body of the founder was moved to the
prelature church, under the altar, where he is today." (1)
Below, photos of
the aforementioned marble slab:
Escrivá died on June 26, 1975 in Rome, in his office in Villa
Tévere, the headquarters of Opus Dei.
He was buried the next day in the place planned years ago, a crypt
located in the same building. In 1992 and 2002,
on the occasion of his beatification and his canonization, the coffin
with his sacred remains was transferred to the basilica of Saint Eugene
to facilitate their veneration by the faithful.
Later it was definitively placed in the Church of Santa María de
la Paz (Holy Mary of the Peace), also located in Villa Tévere.
His body rests in an urn placed under the altar."
[That is to say, this is the same
Church of Santa María de la Paz (Holy
Mary of the Peace) where, in the
basement, there is the black slab that still keeps the label of "EL
PADRE" (THE FATHER)]
Below, photos of the aforementioned urn under
the altar that currently contains the mortal remains of the founder of
the Opus Dei.
show details of the throne behind the altar:
on July 6th, 2018