Archive for the ‘rare finds’ Category

Dominican Rite

August 8, 2012

In use since ~1256 AD.

January 28, 2012 (Feast of St Thomas Aquinas), offered at St Thomas Aquinas College, California

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6th Century Christian Artifact

November 8, 2011

This news fromWaPo:

“A tiny, exquisitely made box found on an excavated street in Jerusalem is a token of Christian faith from 1,400 years ago, Israeli archaeologists said Sunday.

An Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) restorer displays a Byzantine 0.8 by 0.6-inch (2 by 1.5cm) Christian icon box made of bone with a cross carved on the lid in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. The was likely carried by a Christian believer who lost it on one of Jerusalem' s streets around the end of the 6th century A.D. Archaeologist Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority says the box is unique and offers the first archaeological evidence that the use of icons in the Byzantine period was not limited to church ceremonies.

The box, carved from the bone of a cow, horse or camel, decorated with a cross on the lid and measuring only 0.8 inches by 0.6 inches (2 centimeter by 1.5 centimeter), was likely carried by a Christian believer around the end of the 6th century A.D, according to Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority, one of the directors of the dig where the box was found.

When the lid is removed, the remains of two portraits are still visible in paint and gold leaf. The figures, a man and a woman, are probably Christian saints and possibly Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

The box was found in an excavation outside the walls of Jerusalem’ s Old City in the remains of a Byzantine-era thoroughfare, she said. Uncovered two years ago, it was treated by preservation experts and extensively researched before it was unveiled at an archaeological conference last week.

The box is important in part because it offers the first archaeological evidence that the use of icons in the Byzantine period was not limited to church ceremonies, she said.

Part of a similar box was found three decades ago in Jordan, but this is the only well-preserved example to be found so far, she said. Similar icons are still carried today by some Christian believers, especially from the eastern Orthodox churches.

The relic was found in the City of David excavation, a Jerusalem dig named for the biblical monarch believed to have ruled a Jewish kingdom from the site.

The politically sensitive dig is located in what is today the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, just outside the Old City walls in east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anatomical Reliquaries

May 1, 2010

This may have been one of the reasons old Martin Luther blew a gasket in his day. Any Protestants out there (peace be to you) reading this should know: we don’t worship our saints. Although the meaning of the word “worship” is a sort of portmanteau of “worth-ship”, to declare the worth of something or someone–in that sense we worship anyone when we attribute a value to them. But I digress, precious anatomical reliquaries are a beautiful Catholic tradition dating back at least 12oo years.

Can you guess which body part each of these reliquaries contains?:

Shrine of the Crown of Thorns…

April 3, 2010

From the treasury of Notre Dame de Paris. Gilded bronze, gilded silver, diamonds, precious gemstones, 1862. Height 88cm, width 49cm. Depicted on the base are St. Helen, King Baldwin II and St. Louis.

Detail: St. Louis

“At present we do not see “all things subject to him,” but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor” because he suffered death, he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,” that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” –Heb 2:8-9

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

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:

Go Into the Whole World: Antarctica

February 4, 2010

The permanent ice chapel at Belgrano II base, 77° 52′ 0″ S, 34° 37′ 0″ W, Antarctica.

There were not very many choices.

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