We installed a new "San Damiano Cross" in our chapel and I blessed it this morning at our 9 AM Daily Mass and chose the Votive Mass of the Holy Cross of Christ to do so. That OF Mass in the vernacular with the chanted Greek Kyrie, Latin Sanctus and Agnus Dei and with EF sensibilities was just gorgeous.
Eventually, it will be placed higher on the window as its current location is temporary.
We also purchased a new altar frontal for Christmas which we will keep in place on the altar until Candlemas, February 2, aka, The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, aka, The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple and 40 days after Christmas.
I love both new cross and altar frontal.
Hah! I was scrolling through the pictures, admiring the architecture of chapel and the art of crucifix when suddenly the face of the pleased pastor photobombed into view.
This would be an interesting discussion on the juxtaposition of styles. I imagine some smart people will do that here.
I love the San Damiano Cross and Eastern Icons in general. A good compliment to it would be to add another icon on either side of it. I have a small one at home on my prayer table. It always felt lonely and out of place with my other western sacramentals. When I added a couple of Eastern Icons, I felt the cross made sense and felt at home.
Very lovely. You have good taste
Actually I can’t claim either as they were gifts selected by others but they do compliment my Italian sensibilities!
As much as I love the San Damiano crucifix, maybe you should have set aside your Italian sensibilities, and found a more architecturally appropriate style for the very New England-esque, almost Puritan simple, chapel.
But! That Puritan New England church building experienced aROMAN Catholic conversion and now embraces all the good and over the top beauty of our ROMAN culture. In its conversion it joyfully embraces the inculturation of ROMAN excesses in good taste.
ROMAN culture? Good grief....
The San Damiano is hardly "over the top" or "excessive." It is, I would say, quite beautiful and even elegant.
But, this is yet another example of your perennial short-sightedness. As you regularly fail to grasp the notion of the Analogy of Faith, seeing a tid-bit of theology here and a smattering of doctrine there as "stand alone" entities, complete within themselves, the unity of a beautiful New England chapel is also, it would seem, beyond your ken.
You'd likely serve a platter of osso budo at a convention of vegetarians...
It is ossobuco which literally translated is hole of the bone but means braised veal. And those vegetarians WOULD LOVE IT! They too would be converted.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. I took a gander at YOUR church, Father K, and it is pretty bland, a perfect setting for a bland Liturgy
I wasn't going to say anything, however, as Fr. MJK mentioned, the styles are divergent.
The San Damiano cross is beautiful, however.
Visit almost any European Church and you will see divergent styles - St. John Lateran in Rome has a Gothic baldacchino over the Altar
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