Archive for the ‘Episcopacy’ Category

History in the Making

May 5, 2011

His feast will be October 22!

Bl. John Paul II, Pray For Us!

May 1, 2011

What a happy day in Christendom! But let us remember a beatification isn’t about the man, but about what God perfected in the man.

Photos from the DC Pontifical Mass

May 1, 2010

Is it just me or are photos of the event hard to come by?

Many MANY thanks to Peggy S. for the photos from her attendance.

Friends, This is How It’s Done

April 28, 2010

From the amazing Solemn Pontifical Mass which occurred last week in Washington DC, Bp. Slattery enters into the presbyterium prior to vesting. A cappa magna in action! What a glorious age the Church is entering into!

H/T to Fr. G

Cathedra of St. Sophia Cathedral

April 9, 2010

It is a shame we must be separated from the Greek Orthodox church, their liturgy is steeped in tradition and in general untouched by the ills of modernity.

From Cathedrals of California:

Church > State

January 29, 2010

Just an interesting observation. It is customary for bishops to wear simple damask mitres while in the presence of the Pope:

In the presence of a monarch, however, no chance. Take that, kaiser! *Update* (Yes, I know it’s Bl. Karl. This doesn’t change the observation just because he is a blessed; So don’t make a big deal out of it all of you who are writing in)

Closer Look: Ecclesiastical Rings, Part 2:

January 28, 2010

A repeat from last time, but I like the image:

A ring of Paul II:

The Cathedra

January 23, 2010

In the Ancient world, the traditional posture of teaching was to sit, while the traditional posture of learning was to stand. Yet in academics today, we see the posture has been reversed, as has much of Western tradition as a whole. Modernity despises tradition, and posture means something. At every sacred and meaningful event in life, posture is important. A man bends on one knee in supplication to his future wife at the proposal, a congregation stands at the reading of the Gospel and kneels at the Consecration, we hold our hands over our hearts at the sound of a national anthem. It is interesting to note how many traditional postures have remained more or less unaffected, but the teacher-student posture has been reversed. Is this a sign of the pride of Modernity, hubris, or arrogance?

The Greek Παιδαγωγος teaches a youth:

Early depiction of Christus Magister:

Yet this ancient image of the sitting teacher remains intact in the symbology of Church architecture. As Christ is our teacher and master, and the bishop is possessed of the fullness of Christ’s ministry, the bishop ought also to be our teacher. This is why every cathedral has a cathedra (Lat. “chair”) from which he teaches with the authority and wisdom of the Church.

Papal Tiaras, Finally:

January 21, 2010

We had to mention them at some point didn’t we? And I am in a good mood, so for your approval,

Papal Tiara

Madness!

And Im obligated to show you this hideous piece which lies in state in the crypt of the National Shrine.

I doubt we’ll ever see one in use again. I’m sorry to say it. If any future popes out there are reading this, don’t be afraid to try one on. It’s your right.


Closer Look: Ecclesiastical Rings

October 2, 2009

Cameo of the face of Christ:

Inverse Signets:

My favorite: A Gospel Book