Archive for November, 2009

An Advent Observation

November 30, 2009

If you pray Liturgy of the Hours, you will remember today’s reading at Lauds, Isaiah 2:3-4, “Come let us climb the Lord’s mountain…” Reading this today, I had to stop for a moment and think where I had heard this before. Then it hit me. My very first trip to Rome, the very first time I was to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, the words stuck out to me and I have thought of them ever since.

I first saw the words at Bernini’s colonnade. You see this phrase hanging just past the entrance to the Apostolic Palace. It is a combination of Isaiah 2:3 and Psalm 137:2. “Come let us climb the Lord’s mountain…Let us adore Him in his holy temple”:

New Papal Ferula

November 28, 2009

Brought to our attention by the NLM, Pope Benedict will now be using a new staff, the so-called ferula (seen below), which was given to him by the Circolo San Pietro.

The new staff:

 The old staff (and the old pallium too!):

An older papal tradition to note, the tri-beam cross:

Update: Fr G. has posted a great pic of the new cross in action today at the Holy Father’s celebration of First Vespers of Advent today in Rome:


Local Treasure: Church of the Little Flower

November 20, 2009

“Church of the Little Flower was established in 1926 at the request of a small group of Catholics in the new community of Coral Gables. The Most Reverend Patrick J. Barry, Bishop of St. Augustine, announced that the new Parish was to be named in honor of St. Theresa of Lisieux, also known at “The Little Flower”. Masses were celebrated in the convent library of St. Joseph Academy, a boarding school that the Sisters of St. Joseph had built and opened in the church grounds in 1925, while selflessly served the parish for 65 years.” From the parish website.

The parish was built in Spanish Renaissance style, typical of the architectural preferences of Henry Flagler of St. Augustine.

The nave is decorated from wall to wall with beautiful antique carvings:

Behind the original high altar is a choir loft, the back wall is actually the choir screen:

The parish is also home to precious antique German triptychs:

Detail of a monstrance depicting the four evangelists:

The Curé D’Ars

November 19, 2009

There is an interesting collection of photographs of St. John Vianney, 100 years post-mortem, over at Idle Speculations. Definitely worth a visit!

World’s Largest Monstrance

November 14, 2009

This beautiful monstrance used for perpetual adoration is 9 feet wide and features the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Sign. Located at the Church of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago.

Closer Look: The Globus Cruciger

November 12, 2009

In use as early as the 5th century, this sphere topped with a cross reminds of Christ’s kingship over the world, and the dominion of the Cross. If you see an image of Christ as Salvator Mundi, you will see Him holding a globus cruciger.

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas; and hath prepared it upon the rivers.” -Ps 23

To the Pope of Christian Unity!

November 9, 2009

All Souls Day

November 2, 2009

Did your priest(s) wear black today for All Souls’?

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.