Sunday, 23 November 2014

Consider The Lilies Of The Field, How They Grow: They Labour Not, Neither Do They Spin. But I Say To You, That Not Even Solomon In All His Glory Was Arrayed As One Of These.

Text from Saint Matthew,
Chapter 6,
Douay-Rheims Version.

Field of Lilies.
Tiffany Studios.
Circa 1910.
Photo: May 2006.
Source: I took this photo at the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery
of Stained Glass, on the Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Author: Daderot.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Behold the birds of the air,

For they neither sow,
Nor do they reap,
Nor gather into barns,

And your heavenly Father feedeth them.

Are not you of much more value than they ?

And which of you by taking thought,
Can add to his stature one cubit ?

And for raiment why are you solicitous ?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;

They labour not, neither do they spin.

But I say to you,

That not even Solomon in all his glory,

Was arrayed as one of these.

And if the grass of the field,

Which is today,
And tomorrow is cast into the oven,

God doth so clothe:

How much more you,

O ye of little faith ?

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Feast Day 21 November.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Feast Day 21 November.


White Vestments.

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English: Presentation of The Virgin Mary (detail).
Titian (1490–1576).
ItalianoTizianoPresentazione al Tempio (dettaglio).
Date: 1534 - 1538.
Current location: Accademia of Venice, Italy.
Source: Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy.
(Wikimedia Commons)

After having Solemnised, on 8 September, the Nativity of The Blessed Virgin, and, four days later, the Feast of The Holy Name of Mary, a name given to her a short time before her Birth, the Cycle celebrates on this day The Presentation in the Temple of The Child of Benediction.

These first three Feasts of Mary's Cycle are an echo of the Christological Cycle, which, likewise, celebrates: The Birth of Jesus, 25 December; the Imposition of His Holy Name, 2 January; and His Presentation in the Temple, 2 February.

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English: The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple.
Italiano: Presentazione di maria al tempio.
Artist: Alfonso Boschi.
Date: 17th-Century.
Source: Giovanni Piccirillo (a cura di), 
La chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano, 
Becocci Editore, Firenze 2006.
Author: sailko.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Feast of The Presentation of Mary is founded on a pious tradition, originated by two apocryphal Gospels, which relate that The Blessed Virgin was Presented in the Temple of Jerusalem, when three years old, and that she lived there, with other girls and the Holy Women, who had them in their care. Already in the 6th-Century, the event is Commemorated in the East and the Emperor, Michael Comnenus, alludes to it in a Constitution of 1166.

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der Dillinger Franziskanerinnen in Dillingen an der Donau, 
Fresko mit der Darstellung des Tempelganges Mariens.
English: Fresco of The Presentation of The Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Monastery Church of the Assumption, 
Photo: 26 September 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: GFreihalter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

A French nobleman, Philippe de Maizières, who was Chancellor at the Court of the King of Cyprus, having been sent in 1372 as Ambassador to Pope Gregory XI, at Avignon, related to the Pope with what magnificence the Feast was Solemnised in Greece, on 21 November. His Holiness introduced the Feast at Avignon and Pope Sixtus V introduced it at Rome in 1585. Pope Clement VIII raised it to the Rank of Greater-Double and re-arranged the Office.

Mass: Salve, Sancta Parens.

St Andrew Daily Missal (Traditional Mass)

Available (in U.K.) from

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

King Saint Louis IX (1214-1270). A Man With A Hair-Shirt. Grand Exhibition In Paris To Celebrate His 800th-Anniversary.

This Article, on the Grand Exhibition in Paris, France, celebrating the 800th-Anniversary of
King Saint Louis IX of France, can be read in full at MEDIEVAL HISTORIES


In connection with the Grand Exhibition in Paris, France, celebrating the 800th-Anniversary of
King Saint Louis IX, a large and beautiful catalogue has been published.

Saint Louis.

By Pierre-Yves le Pogam and Christine Vivet-Peclet (Eds)
Editions du Patrimoine Centre des monuments nationaux 2014
ISBN-10: 2757703412
ISBN-13: 978-2757703410

Saint Louis - catalogue cover

Review by Karen Schousboe.
Full Review is available at MEDIEVAL HISTORIES

This is a real Coffee-Table book, obviously meant to be perused during lazy afternoons in Winter-time. In this sense, the book lives up to one of the characteristics of the life and times of King Saint Louis IX. If people could afford it – and the French Royal Family obviously could – exquisite and delicate art was at their fingertips, in the form of incredibly-detailed ivory sculptures, glazed windows and, not least, covers and illuminated Manuscripts. Now, we can peruse renderings of all these delicacies for the paltry sum of €45.

A barefoot King Saint Louis IX carries The Crown of Thorns to Paris,
and instals it at Sainte Chapelle.

Sainte Chapelle,
Paris, France.
King Saint Louis IX carried The Crown of Thorns to Sainte Chapelle
Photo: 14 October 2005.
Source: Own work.
Author: Didier B (Sam67fr).
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Dies Irae". The Sequence In A Requiem Mass.

"Dies Irae".
The Sequence in a Requiem Mass
(Mass for the Dead).
Available on YouTube at

"Dies Irae" (Day of Wrath) is a Latin Hymn, attributed to either Thomas of Celano, of the Franciscan Order (1200 – circa 1265), or to Latino Malabranca Orsini († 1294), Lector at the Dominican Studium, at Santa Sabina, the forerunner of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelicum, in Rome.

The Hymn dates from at least the 13th-Century, though it is possible that it is much older, with some sources ascribing its origin to Saint Gregory the Great († 604 A.D.), Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 1153), or Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274).

It is a Mediaeval Latin Poem, characterised by its accentual stress and its rhymed lines. The metre is trochaic. The Poem describes the Day of Judgment, the Last Trumpet summoning Souls before the Throne of God, where the Saved will be delivered and the Damned cast into Eternal Flames.

The Hymn is best known from its use as a Sequence in the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass (Mass for the Dead, or Funeral Mass). It also continues to form part of the Traditional Liturgy for All Souls' Day (Feast Day 2 November). An English version is found in various Anglican Communion Service Books.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. To The Greater Glory Of God. Three English Cathedrals: Bristol; Salisbury; Gloucester. Ceaselessly Glorifying God With Their Architectural Magnificence.

Text and Illustrations from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

The Choir of Bristol Cathedral.
Photo: 9 July 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Nave of Bristol Cathedral.
Looking East towards the High Altar and Choir.
Photo: 9 July 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The view from the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral.
Looking East towards the Altar and Trinity Chapel.
Photo: 8 July 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The High Altar and Stained-Glass Windows
of Gloucester Cathedral.
Photo: 9 July 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: Diliff.
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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