Thursday, 21 August 2014

Visiting A Carthusian Monastery (Part Two).

English: Saint Bruno. Founder of The Carthusians.
Deutsch: Hl. Bruno, der Kartäuser.
Date: 1643.
Current location: Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte, Neapel.
National Gallery, Capodimonte, Naples, Italy.
Source: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202.
Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
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Saint Bruno of Cologne (circa 1030 – 6 October 1101), the Founder of the Carthusian Order, personally founded the Order's first two Communities. He was a celebrated teacher at Reims, and a close Advisor of his former pupil, Pope Urban II.

Visiting a Carthusian Monastery
(Part Two).
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Saint Bernard Of Clairvaux. Doctor Mellifluous. Abbot And Doctor (1091 - 1153).

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

Feast Day 20 August.
White Vestments.

as shown in the Church of Heiligenkreuz Abbey
near Baden bei Wien, Lower Austria. 
Portrait (1700) with the true effigy of the Saint 
by Georg Andreas Wasshuber (1650-1732), 
(painted after a statue in Clairvaux 
with the true effigy of the Saint).
Photo: 21 June 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Georges Jansoone.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Church is pleased to honour, during the Octave of the Assumption, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the honey-tongued Doctor (Doctor Mellifluous), whose principal title of glory is to have celebrated with ineffable tenderness and ardent piety, in his Prayers, his books and Sermons, the varied greatness of Mary.

Born in 1091, of a noble Burgundian family, he succeeded, at the age of twenty-two, in winning over to Christ thirty noblemen, who, with him, embraced Monastic life at Citeaux. There, the Cistercian Order, a branch of the old Benedictine trunk, acquired a new vigour, which enabled it to cover the whole of Europe with its shoots.

"The Just", says the Offertory, "shall flourish like the palm-tree, he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus." And in the famous Monastery, which Bernard founded a short time afterwards in the Vale of Clairvaux, on the left bank of the Aube, and whose first Abbot he became (Communion), he, each day, lavished on a community of seven hundred monks the treasures of Doctrine and Wisdom, with which God endowed him and which make his name immortal (Introit, Epistle, Gradual).

Vision of Saint Bernard 
with Saint Benedict and Saint John the Evangelist.
Artist: Fra Bartolomeo (1472–1517).
Date: 1504.
Current location: Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art:
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An austere Monk, a great Christian orator, and a learned Doctor, he was the luminary, mentioned in the Gospel, which enlightened the world.

Pope Eugenius III, who had been trained by him to the Monastic life, solicited and received his counsels; at the Council of Etampes (1130), he put an end to the Schism, which, opposing "Pope" Anacletus to "Pope" Innocent II, troubled the Clergy and people of Rome.

He was consulted by William of Aquitaine, by the Duchess of Lorraine, by the Countess of Brittany, by Henry, son of the King of France, by Peter, son of the King of Portugal, by King Louis VI, King Louis VII, King Conrad of Germany, Lothaire and by the Abbot of Saint Denis. He silenced the famous Doctor, Abelard, at the Council of Laon, and his powerful logic unmasked the errors of Arnold of Brescia and of Peter de Bruys (Gospel). Lastly, he attacked Islam and, by preaching the Second Crusade, at Vezelay, he stirred up the whole of Europe by his overpowering eloquence.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
Initial "B" from a 13th-Century illuminated manuscript.
This File: 4 July 2005.
User: GDK.
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Saint Bernard died at Clairvaux, on 20 August 1153, and his body was laid at the foot of the Altar of the Blessed Virgin. He left one hundred and sixty Monasteries, which he had founded in Europe and Asia. His writings, replete with Doctrines inspired by Divine Wisdom, caused him to be placed among the Doctors of the Church by Pope Pius VIII.

Let us have recourse to the intercession in Heaven of the one who, on Earth, taught us the way of life (Collect), let us ask him to give us his love for the Mother of God, and let us piously recite the Anthem of the Season: Salve Regina, of which the three last invocations, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, are attributed to him.

Saint Bernard Of Clairvaux. Doctor Mellifluous. Abbot And Doctor (1091 - 1153).

This Article can be found on the Blog AGE OF MARY

Decorated Capital Owhoever you are, since you see that you are drifting along the stream of time amidst storms and tempests rather than walking upon solid ground do not turn your glance from this shining star, if you do not want to perish in the storms.
When the storm winds of temptations arise, when you are heading for the cliffs of anxieties, look up to the star and call on Mary. When you are being swept along by the waves of arrogance or ambition, or of slander or jealousy, look up to the star and call on Mary. 
When anger, greed or the pleasures of the flesh threaten to capsize the little ship of your soul, look up to Mary. 
When you are confused by the terrible extent of your guilt, ashamed of the stains on your conscience, horrified by the fear of judgment and are in danger of sinking into the pit of sadness, into the abyss of despair, then think of Mary.

Decorated Capital OIn dangers and anxieties, in doubt and need, think of Mary, call on Mary. 
Let her never leave your lips, let her never depart from your heart. 
And in order to obtain an answer to your prayers, do not cease to imitate her life. 
Following her, you shall not stray; 
invoking her, you shall not despair; 
thinking of her, you shall not wander. 
upheld by her, you shall not fall; 
shielded by her, you have nothing more to fear; 
guided by her, you grow not weary; 
favoured by her, you reach the goal.
(Office for the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux)
To Jesus through Mary for the Greater Glory of God

Blackfen Leaving Present For Fr. Finigan.

Blackfen Parishioners were determined to give a meaningful Leaving Present to their Parish Priest of long-standing, Fr. Finigan, upon his impending departure to pastures new on the North Kent Coast (Margate-on-Sea).

After much Soul-Searching (!), the ideal present was obtained.
A Parish Meeting was held (? Conclave ?) in the Social Club and, 
after much speech-making, merry-making, and toasting,
the Leaving Present was unwrapped by Fr. Finigan.

He was delighted (see photo, above) to have been given an
Easy Guide To Building Your Own Minor Basilica.

Basilica Board Game

Illustration: GRIM TREE GAMES

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Photo: 3 January 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Fletcher6.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Satanic Black Mass In Oklahoma.

News has arrived that a

It's time to stand up for your Catholic Faith.


Melk Abbey, Austria.

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unless otherwise stated.

English: Melk Abbey, Austria.
Български: Двореца във Вахау, Австрия.
Date: 2005-04-07 (original upload date).
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia
Author: Original uploader was HochauerW at en.wikipedia
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English: Melk Abbey above Melk Old Town.
Deutsch: Stift Melk über der Melker Altstadt.
Date: February 2005.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Melk Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine Abbey in Austria, and among the world's most famous Monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk, on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley. The Abbey contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty.

Melk Abbey Library,
This File: 12 March 2008.
User: Emgonzalez.
Source: Own work.
Author: Emgonzalez.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Abbey was founded in 1089, when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria, gave one of his Castles to Benedictine Monks from Lambach Abbey. A Monastic School, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th-Century, and the Monastic Library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. The Monastery's Scriptorium was also a major site for the production of manuscripts. In the 15th-Century, the Abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform Movement, which re-invigorated the Monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.

Deutsch: Stift Melk, Niederösterreich: Kirche.
English: Benedictine Abbey of Melk, Lower Austria: Church.
Français: Abbaye bénédictine de Melk, Basse-Autriche: église.
This File: 2 May 2005.
Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Today's impressive Baroque Abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer. Particularly noteworthy, is the Abbey Church, with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr, and the impressive Library with countless Mediaeval manuscripts, including a famed collection of musical manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger.

Photo: 25 May 2007.
Source: Own work.
Author: Aconcagua.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Deutsch: Stift Melk, Melk.
English: Melk Abbey, Austria.
Photo: 13 September 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Zairon.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Due to its fame and academic stature, Melk Abbey managed to escape Dissolution, under Emperor Joseph II , when many other Austrian Abbeys were seized and Dissolved between 1780 and 1790. The Abbey managed to survive other threats to its existence, during the Napoleonic Wars, and also in the period following the Nazi Anschluss that took control of Austria in 1938, when the School and a large part of the Abbey were confiscated by the State.

The school was returned to the Abbey after the Second World War and now caters for nearly 900 pupils of both sexes.

Deutsch: Hochaltar der Stiftskirche Melk.
English: High Altar of Melk Abbey, Austria.
Photo: 15 July 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Uoaei1.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Since 1625, the Abbey has been a member of the Austrian Congregation, now within the Benedictine Confederation.

In his well-known novel "The Name of the Rose", Umberto Eco named one of the protagonists "Adson von Melk" as a tribute to the Abbey and its famous Library.

Melk Abbey, Austria.
Photo: 11 November 2010.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: Choir Stalls in the Abbey Church of Melk Abbey, Austria.
Deutsch: Das Chorgestühl in der Kirche des Stifts Melk.
Photo: 7 April 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Effi Schweizer.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Melk Abbey was recently selected as the main motif of a very high value Collectors' Coin: The Austrian Melk Abbey Commemorative Coin, minted on 18 April 2007. The obverse shows a view up to the façade of the Abbey Church and its two side wings from a low level. The twin Baroque Towers and the great Dome of the Church behind them can be seen. In the lower-right corner, the Coat-of-Arms of the Abbey of Melk (the Crossed Keys of Saint Peter) can be seen.

Painting on the Ceiling of the Marble Hall, Melk Abbey, Austria.
The Ceiling painting shows Pallas Athena on a chariot, drawn by lions, as a symbol of wisdom
and moderation. Hercules is to her Left, symbolising the force necessary to conquer the
three-headed Hound of Hell, night, and sin. Both Pallas Athena and Hercules are disguised
references to Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.
Author: Paul Troger (1698–1762) (Ceiling painting)
and Creator:Gaetano Fanti (architectural painting).
Date: 1731.
Current location: Melk Abbey, Austria.
Source/Photographer: Own work, Alberto Fernandez Fernandez, 2007-07.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Euro Commemorative Coin depicting Melk Abbey.
This File: 7 March 2008.
User: Miguel.mateo.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: The Pulpit in the Church of Melk Abbey, Austria.
Deutsch: Die Kanzel in der Kirche des Stifts Melk.
Photo: 17 May 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Lily.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: The Church of Melk Abbey, Austria.
Deutsch: Die Kirche des Stifts Melk.
Photo: 7 April 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Effi Schweizer.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Basilica Of Santa Maria Del Mar And The Cathedral Of The Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, Barcelona, Spain.

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unless otherwise stated.

Basilica of
Santa Maria del Mar,
Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: 20 September 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jiuguang Wang.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Santa Maria del Mar (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈsantə məˈɾi.ə ðəɫ ˈmar]) is an imposing Church in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain, built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile pre-eminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large Mediaeval buildings.

The first mention of a Church of Santa Maria del Mar dates from 998 A.D. The construction of the present building was promoted by Canon Bernat Llull, who was appointed Arch-Dean of Santa Maria in 1324. Construction work started on 25 March 1329, when the Foundation Stone was laid by King Alfonso IV of Aragon (King Alfonso III of Catalonia), as commemorated by a Tablet, in Latin and Catalan, on the façade that faces the Fossar de les Moreres.

The architects in charge were Berenguer de Montagut (designer of the building) and Ramon Despuig, and, during the construction, all the Guilds of the Ribera Quarter were involved. The walls, the Side Chapels and the façades, were finished by 1350.

Català: Església de Santa Maria del Mar vista des del Passeig del Born.
English: Exterior of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: 19 July 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Kippelboy.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Bell-Tower of the
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar,
Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: 5 February 2007.
Source: Own work; de:User:Ralf Roletschek,
Author: Ralf Roletschek.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In 1379, there was a fire that damaged important parts of the Works. Finally, on 3 November 1383, the last stone was laid and on 15 August 1384 the Church was Consecrated. In 1428, an earthquake caused several casualties and destroyed the Rose Window in the West End. The new window, in the Flamboyant Style, was finished by 1459 and, one year later, the glass was added. The images and the Baroque Altar were destroyed in a fire in 1936. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, adjacent to the Apse, was added in the 19th-Century.

From the outside, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar gives an impression of massive severity that belies the Interior. It is hemmed in by the narrow streets of the Ribera, making it difficult to obtain an overall impression, except from the Fossar de les Moreres and the Plaça de Santa Maria, both of them former burial grounds.

Exterior of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar,
Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: 10 October 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Dror Feitelson.
(Wikimedia Commons)

English: The Great West Door,
the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar,
Barcelona, Spain.
Català: Església de Santa Maria del Mar. Barcelona.
Español: Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar. Barcelona.
Photo: 9 September 2013.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The latter is dominated by the West End of the Church with its Rose Window. Images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul occupy Niches, on either side of the Great West Door, and the Tympanum shows the Saviour, flanked by Our Lady and Saint John. The North-West Tower was completed in 1496, but its companion was not finished until 1902.

In contrast with the Exterior, the Interior gives an impression of light and spaciousness. It is of the Basilica type, with its three Aisles forming a single space with no Transepts, and no architectural boundary between Nave and Presbytery. The simple Ribbed Vault is supported on slender Octagonal Columns, and abundant daylight streams in through the tall Clerestory windows.

Català: Corpus. Sortida de la processó de l'església de Santa Maria.
English: The Corpus Christi Procession Leaving the Church of Santa Maria del Mar.
Artist: Ramon Casas i Carbó (1866–1932).
Date: 1907.
Barcelona, Spain.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Corpus Christi Procession Leaving the Church of Santa Maria del Mar is an oil painting by Ramon Casas, painted on 1907, and currently in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.

In 1896, an anarchist attacked the Corpus Christi Procession, which had left the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, killing twelve people and creating panic in the City. The act was part of the turbulent social landscape in Catalonia of the early 20th-Century, dominated by anarchist bombings like this, or that had taken place in Gran Teatre del Liceu, four years earlier.

Interior of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar,
Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: 10 October 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Dror Feitelson.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Interior is almost devoid of imagery of the sort to be found in Barcelona's other large Gothic Churches, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia and Santa Maria del Pi, after the fire, which occurred in 1936 during Anti-Clerical disturbances. Amongst the most notable of the works destroyed at that time, was the Baroque Retable, by Deodat Casanoves and Salvador Gurri.

Some interesting Stained-Glass Windows have survived from various periods. The Church has a serious claim to have the slenderest Stone-Built Columns in the world.

Русский: Собор Святого Креста и Святой Евлалии.
Español: La Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia.
English: Cathedral of The Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, Barcelona, Spain.
Similar to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, the Cathedral is
another Gothic structure in Barcelona.
Photo: 16 August 2013.
Source: Own work.
Author: Mromanchenko.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Interior of the Cathedral of The
Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: 22 April 2010.
Source: Own work.
Author: Jorge Lascar.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia), also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic Cathedral and Seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain.

The Cathedral was constructed between the 13th- and 15th-Centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th-Century. The Cloister, which encloses the Well of the Geese (Font de les Oques) was completed in 1448. In the Late-19th-Century, the Neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript Exterior that was common to Catalan Churches. The roof is notable for its Gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical.