Archive for February, 2010

Et Transfiguratus Est Ante Eos

February 28, 2010

“And it came to pass, about eight days after these words, that he took Peter and James and John and went up into a mountain to pray. And whilst he prayed, the shape of his countenance was altered and his raiment became white and glittering. And behold two men were talking with him. And they were Moses and Elias, appearing in majesty. And they spoke of his decease that he should accomplish in Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep. And waking, they saw his glory and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass that, as they were departing from him, Peter says to Jesus: Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for you, and one for Moses; and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. And as he spoke these things, there came a cloud and overshadowed them. And they were afraid when they entered into the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud; saying: This is my beloved son. Hear him. And whilst the voice was uttered Jesus was found alone. And they held their peace and told no man in those days any of these things which they had seen.”–Luke, 12.

The Altar of the Transfiguration, the Vatican Basilica:

The Church of the Transfiguration, Mt. Tabor, Israel:

Fine Print

February 26, 2010

Nice finds from BibliOdyssey:

‘New Testament’
Silver metal on black leather
Binder unknown, 1710

‘The Bible’
Sharkskin and silver metal-ware
Binder unknown, 1775

‘Book of Hours of Catherine de Medici’
Black morocco leather and plated enamel locks
Binder unknown, 1565

Models of Modesty

February 24, 2010

There is no greater human sight than to see Woman robed with purity, modesty and grace. Nothing is more beautiful in my eyes than a woman who loves God and wants to please Him. The spirit of this world demands that she cast her virginity aside, and sacrifice it on an altar built up by the lust of mankind. But nothing is more appealing than the woman who refuses to disobey God, no matter what the World says.

Ut Unum Sint

February 20, 2010

“That they all may be one, as you, Father, in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you have given me, I have given to them: that, they may be one, as we also are one. I in them, and you in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them, as you have also loved me.”

Let us all continue to pray for Christian unity, as it is clearly one of the most important efforts of our great Pontiff and his predecessor.

The dome of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Clearwater FL. Christos O Pantokrator, Christ the All-Powerful:

There’s No Business Like Show Business

February 16, 2010

Let’s take a peek at the Church portrayed in “period” film. Note the inaccuracies, but especially note the exaggerations.

Marie Antoinette (2006), start around 4:00

Amadeus (1984)

Le Roi Danse (2000), start around 3:18

The Tudors (2007-Present)

Beckett (1964)

The Cardinal (1963), very tastefully done really:

Happy Valentine’s Day…

February 14, 2010

That’s what I’d be saying if it were Valentine’s Day. But its not. Its Quinquagesima Sunday. If you are going out with your loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you’re committing something akin to an act of schism (tongue-in-cheek). So go get ready for Lent!

Local…Something. Rare Find?

February 13, 2010

There is a chapel nearby where I sometimes confess. Tucked away in the corner is this interesting….sea-monster, tapeworm, creature. Very unique, and that’s the only reason it made it on here.

From the legends of St. Brendan, the devouring monster:

Something to Ponder:

February 13, 2010

Ratzinger said it, not me:

“Not every valid council in the history of the Church has been a fruitful one; in the last analysis, may of them have been a waste of time.  Despite all the good to be found in the texts it produced, the last word about the historical value of Vatican Council II has yet to be spoken.” –Ratzinger, Joseph. Principles of Catholic Theology: building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987, p. 378.

Thanks to Fr Z

To the Greatest Order…

February 10, 2010

…the Order of Preachers,  my respect and devotion.

St. Dominic, pray for me.

Local Treasure: Our Lady’s Chapel, Cathedral of St. Petersburg

February 7, 2010

Not notable for any special art or architectural qualities, but for something which occurs here every Sunday–a local treasure; the chapel of the Traditional Latin Mass community of St. Petersburg.

Here I will momentarily wander from my usual policy of non-involvement in Church matters, since this blog is about Catholic imagery and not a place for what I call “liturgical whining” and general complaints about Church governance or ecclesiastics or politics. We will save that useless banter for other Catholic blogs. At any rate:

I wish to address all of my readers from my home, the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida–especially to you priests. The chapel pictured above is a precious one. It is one of only three places where the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is offered. In my own experiences at the parish level, this form of the Roman Rite is generally misunderstood in my diocese. Not only is it misunderstood, in some cases it is even hated. I sense that the traditional community is in some ways alienated from the rest of the diocese. The people of this group are holy, pious and humble. They love and revere God. In my opinion, they are what the model Catholic should be like. They are not mindless, up-tight drones who sit high on a pillar of liturgical extremism. They consider  themselves at one with the Church, whose worship is handed down to us from antiquity and is interpreted in a hermeneutic of continuity.

The point I am getting at is this: the Extraordinary Form should be made more available throughout the diocese. There are faithful people waiting for this Form to be offered to them. There are people whose souls would be more easily given up to God if a more fitting form of worship were available. Reverend Fathers, please catechize our people about the differences between the Extraordinary and Ordinary forms of the Mass. Please let them know that the Extraordinary Form is not “done away with”, as some erroneously thought. Do not be afraid to offer this Mass in your parish. Even if only a small handful of people attend, what’s in a number? You are called to save souls, not to fill pews. Each soul is precious, and you ought to do everything in your priestly power to save each and every one.

I am very grateful that the Extraordinary Form is offered nearby and that I can attend as often as I can. It is the setting where my soul has found great healing and I where God has pulled at my heart the strongest.  Im sure this sentiment agrees in general with the regular members of our Latin Mass community. The rest of our diocese, however, deserves the opportunity to find a solid spirituality inspired by solid liturgy as well. Please do not deprive them of this.