Libera Sanctus based on Canon by Pachelbel
I'd like to begin to share some of the photos from our recent trip to Italy. Here's St. Mark's.
Hubs and me.
The Mosaics. The architecture is Italo-Byzantine.
The stone below the crucifix is said to be a piece of the pillar from The Scourging.
Beautiful Latin Vestments.
An Illuminated Manuscript.
St. Mark's Square.
More Views from the Dome.
A Bronze Relief located Behind the Main Altar.
A bronze figure of St. Mark.
The Twelve Apostles. 14 century Gothic art.
St. Mark's Campanile, the Bell Tower.
More Ceiling Mosaics. They cover the entire ceiling. I couldn't get over the detail.
More of the Facade.
View from the Balcony.
Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.
O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.
Most of the veggies were already prepped in the fridge. So all I had to do was add dill, capers, yogurt-mayo dressing and of course, shrimp. A dash of salt and pepper. I'll make a pasta salad to go with it for those in my family who want it. They can just mix the two together.
From Catholic Online
As a child, Ida, of Louvain, Belgium, loved the Hail Mary so much that she recited it up to a thousand times daily, genuflecting or prostrating herself before a picture of the Blessed Virgin each time she repeated it. Ida became a nun of the Cistercian convent of Roosendael. Devotion to the Eucharist permeated her spiritual life. Once, while kneeling in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament reserved at the altar, Ida offered this salutation to the Eucharist: Hail, benign, merciful, and kind Jesus: you who longed for our redemption, and redeemed us from the bonds of perpetual death with your precious blood. On another occasion, she altered the route of a journey she was making in order to visit the Blessed Sacrament along the way, praying, Hail, merciful, holy, and sweet Jesus, who for our redemption, desired the yoke of the cross. Another time, longing for heaven as she meditated before the Eucharist, she pleaded, O hope, O love, and every desire of my heart! How long shall you suffer me to be detained in this prison of flesh?
You can see this veil over at RosaMysticaMantilla
Here's a Giotto fresco of the Crucifixion. Consider the actual shape of the cross and the meaning behind that. It reaches vertically, upward to the heavens. At the base, it sinks into the earth, towards hell. Our Lord's loving arms stretch horizontally, from one end of the earth to the other. The cross is both at the center of time in this world and beyond time in the next, and beyond time at the Mass. On this side of the veil, on our side, the horizontal side that we inhabit, there's grace. Beyond time, which is symbolized by the vertical, there's the judgement that awaits us. Ultimately it's either heaven or hell for each soul and what we do with the cross is the determining factor in where we end up.
What will we do with the cross of Our Lord? Lord give us the grace to love the cross!
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