Saturday, 25 November 2017

Basilica Of Saint Denis, Paris, France.

English: Stained-Glass Windows in The Choir, Basilica of Saint Denis, Paris, France.
Español: Vitral de la basilica de Saint-Denis.
Date: 19 September 2005 (original Upload date).
Source: No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on Copyright claims).
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Stained-Glass Windows in The Choir, Basilica of Saint Denis, Paris, France.
Illustration: PINTEREST

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Basilica of Saint Denis (French: Basilique royale de Saint-Denis, or, simply, Basilique Saint-Denis) is a large Mediaeval Abbey Church in the City of Saint-Denis, now a Northern suburb of Paris. The building is of unique importance historically and architecturally, as its Choir, completed in 1144, shows the first use of all of the elements of Gothic Architecture.

The site originated as a Gallo-Roman Cemetery in Late-Roman times. The Archaeological Remains still lie beneath the Cathedral; the people buried there seem to have had a Faith that was a mix of Christian and Pre-Christian beliefs and practices.

Around 475 A.D., Saint Genevieve purchased some land and built Saint-Denys de la Chapelle. Then, in 636 A.D., on the orders of King Dagobert I, the Relics of Saint Denis, a Patron Saint of France, were re-interred in the Basilica. The Relics of Saint Denis, which had been Transferred to the Parish Church of the Town in 1795, were brought back again to the Abbey in 1819.

The Basilica became a place of Pilgrimage and the burial place of The French Kings, with nearly every King from the 10th- to the 18th-Centuries being buried there, as well as many from previous Centuries. (It was not used for the Coronations of Kings, that function being reserved for The Cathedral of Reims; however, French Queens were commonly Crowned there.) "Saint-Denis" soon became the Abbey Church of a growing Monastic complex.

In the 12th-Century, Abbot Suger rebuilt portions of the Abbey Church using innovative structural and decorative features. In doing so, he is said to have created the first truly Gothic building. The Basilica's 13th-Century Nave is the prototype for the Rayonnant Gothic Style, and provided an Architectural model for many Mediaeval Cathedrals and Abbeys of Northern France, Germany, England and a great many other Countries.

The Abbey Church became a Cathedral in 1966 and is The Seat of The Bishop of Saint-Denis, Pascal Michel Ghislain Delannoy. Although known as the "Basilica of Saint Denis", the Cathedral has not been granted the Title of Minor Basilica by The Vatican.

Friday, 24 November 2017

"Pulcherrima Rosa". The 15th-Century Motet To The Blessed Virgin Mary. "The Most Beautiful Rose".

Illustration: PINTEREST

"Mon Jésus, Je Vous Aime, et me donne á Vous pour toujours."
"My Jesus, I love You, and give myself to You for always."
Illustration: PINTEREST

"Pulcherrima Rosa"
(The Most Beautiful Rose).
By The Hilliard Ensemble 
and Jan Garbarek.
The Chapel of Jesus College, 
Cambridge, England.
Available on YouTube at

Pulcherrima rosa de spina floruit
Ex flore germinosa lilium genuit
Servans pudorem ex virgineo more
Peperit factura factura factorem.

Virgo singularis te nulla dignior
Fulgens stella maris luna lucidior
Sic succuristi regina mundo tristi
Eve matris sic quae noxam que solvisti.

Esto nobis grata tis aput filium
Mater advocata post hoc exilium
Nos per iuvamen pater natus ac flamen
Tuum mater virgo solvat omnes.


Latin Text: CPDL

Most Beautiful Rose blooming from a thorn
From the budding flower, a lily born
Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator

Unique Virgin, no-one is worthy of you
Gleaming Star of the Sea, Light and the Moon
Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator
Such succour Queen of this sad World
And Mother of Eve who lightens our punishment

Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator
Freely for us, beside your Son, Mother and witness
After this Earthly exile
Serving modestly and in a Virginal way
The created one bore The Creator.


English Text: DATAB.US

Illustration: PINTEREST

"Rosa Mystica" (Mystical Rose) is one of Our Lady's beautiful Titles.
It is included in the recitation of The Litany to Our Lady (The Litany of Loreto).

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Del Fiore. Cathedral Of Saint Mary Of The Flower. Cathedral Sanctae Mariae Floris.

English: Cathedral Of Saint Mary Of The Flower, Florence, Italy.
Italiano: Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Del Fiore.
Latin: Cathedral Sanctae Mariae Floris.
Illustration: SHUTTERSTOCK

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (English: "Cathedral of Saint Mary Of The Flower") is the main Church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in The Gothic Style, with the design of Arnolfo di Cambio, and completed structurally in 1436 with the Dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.

The Exterior of the Basilica is faced with Polychrome Marble Panels in various shades of Green and Pink, bordered by White, and has an elaborate 19th-Century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.

The Cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, Florence, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. These three buildings are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering the historic centre of Florence, and are a major attraction to tourists visiting Tuscany.

English: Florence Duomo as seen from Michelangelo Hill. Florence,Tuscany, Italy.
Français: Le Duomo de Florence : Santa Maria del Fiore.
Русский: Собор Санта-Мария-дель-Фьоре в Флоренции.
Вид с холма Микеланджело, находящегося южнее реки Арно.
Српски / srpski: Поглед на цркву Санта Марија дел Фјоре у
Фиренци са хриба Михеланђело, који се налази на другој страни реке Арно.
Photo: 25 October 2014.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Cathedral Of Saint Mary Of The Flower, Florence, Italy.
Photo: 22 July 2004.
Source: O
riginally posted to Flickr as Florence Duomo - Church
(Wikimedia Commons)

A Great Cathedral Mystery: The Great Dome Of Florence Cathedral.
Available on YouTube at

The Basilica is one of Italy's largest Churches, and, until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the Dome was the largest in the World. It remains the largest brick Dome ever constructed.

The Cathedral is The Mother Church of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence, whose Archbishop is currently Giuseppe Betori.

The Rosary Was Instituted Principally To Implore The Protection Of The Mother Of God Against The Enemies Of The Church - Pope Leo XIII. Salutaris Ille Spiritus Precum - 1883.

Illustration: FR. Z's BLOG

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Saint Cecilia. Virgin And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 22 November.

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

Saint Cecilia.
   Virgin and Martyr.
   Feast Day 22 November.


Red Vestments.

Saint Cecilia.
Church of Saint Cecilia, Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
In the sculpture, by Stefano Maderno (1576-1636), Saint Cecilia extends three fingers with her
Right Hand and one with her Left Hand, testifying to The Trinity. The sculptor attested that
this was how the Saint's body looked when her tomb was opened in 1599.
Photographed at the Church of Saint Cecilia, 
Trastevere, Rome, Italy, by Richard Stracke.
Please credit the photographer and the Church.
Date: 26 September 2011 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by
(Wikimedia Commons)

Born at Rome, of the illustrious family of the Coecilli,, Cecilia, as a child, consecrated her Virginity to God. When she was forced to marry Valerian, a young pagan, she said to him on the night of the wedding: "Valerian, I am placed under the guardianship of an Angel, who protects my Virginity; therefore, do not attempt anything which may bring down on thee God's anger."

Valerian dared not approach her and declared that he would believe in Jesus Christ if he saw the Angel. Cecilia assured him that this was impossible unless he was first Baptised, and sent him to Pope Urban I, who lived hidden in The Catacombs, on account of the persecutions.

Pope Urban I Baptised him and Valerian saw, near his Virginal Spouse, an Angel, brilliant with a Divine Light. Cecilia also instructed Tiburtius, the brother of Valerian, in the Faith of Jesus Christ, and Tiburtius, having been Baptised, also saw Cecilia's Angel. A short time after, both brothers were Martyred under the Prefect Almachius.

The Church of Saint Cecilia, 
Trastevere, Rome, Italy.
The body of the Saint lies beneath The High Altar.
The Station on The Wednesday in 
The Second Week of Lent is held here.

Finally, the last-named arrested Cecilia and ordered her to be put to death in her house. This was about 230 A.D.

Her body was discovered in 1599 by Cardinal Sfondrati, just as it was at the moment of her death. Stefano Maderno sculptured a famous reproduction of the body, which is seen under The High Altar of her Church in Rome.

Her house was transformed into a Church, where her body lies. For many Centuries, a number of Virgins of The Order of Saint Benedict have watched over this treasure. The Church is one of the two ornaments of The Trastevere, the other being Saint Mary's. Here is held The Station on The Wednesday in The Second Week of Lent. The name of Saint Cecilia is mentioned in The Canon of The Mass (Second List).

"To the sound of musical instruments," says The First Antiphon at Vespers, "the Virgin Cecilia sang to God in her heart." On this account, she has been chosen as The Patroness of Musicians.

Mass: Loquébar de testimóniis.

The New York Met. Puccini’s Heartbreaking Opera. Madama Butterfly.

Illustration: THE NEW YORK MET

"In Disgrace". Bessie Pease Gutmann.

"In Disgrace".
Artist: Bessie Pease Gutmann.
Date: 1935.
Illustration: E-BAY

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Bessie Pease Gutmann (8 April 1876 – 29 September 1960) was an American Artist and Illustrator, initially as Bessie Collins Pease, most noted for her paintings of putti, infants, and young children.

During the Early-1900s, she was one of the better-known Magazine and Book Illustrators in The United States. Her artwork was featured on twenty-two Magazine Covers, such as Woman's Home Companion and McCall's, between 1906 and 1920.

She also illustrated popular Children's Books, including a notable 1907 Edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although the commercial popularity of her art declined during World War II, there was renewed interest in her Illustrations from collectors by the Late-20th-Century.
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