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The Hereford Mappa Mundi”The map is frantic – alive with activity and achievement. Once you grow accustomed to it, it is hard to pull yourself away. There are approximately eleven hundred place-names, figurative drawings and inscriptions, sourced from biblical, classical and Christian texts…In its distillation of geographical, historical and religious knowledge the mappa serves as a itinerary, a gazatteer, a parable, a bestiary and an educational aid. Indeed, all history is here, happening at the same time: the Tower of Babel; Noah’s Ark as it comes to rest on dry land; the Golden Fleece; the Labyrinth in Crte where the Minotaur loved. And surely for contemporaries – locals and pilgrims – it must have constituted the most arresting freak show in town. With its parade of dung-firing animals, dog-headed or bat-eared humans, a winged sphinx with a young woman’s face, it seems closer to Hieronymus Bosch than to the scientific Greek cartographers.” (Simon Garfield. “On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks.”)

The Hereford Mappa Mundi
”The map is frantic – alive with activity and achievement. Once you grow accustomed to it, it is hard to pull yourself away. There are approximately eleven hundred place-names, figurative drawings and inscriptions, sourced from biblical, classical and Christian texts…In its distillation of geographical, historical and religious knowledge the mappa serves as a itinerary, a gazatteer, a parable, a bestiary and an educational aid. Indeed, all history is here, happening at the same time: the Tower of Babel; Noah’s Ark as it comes to rest on dry land; the Golden Fleece; the Labyrinth in Crte where the Minotaur loved. And surely for contemporaries – locals and pilgrims – it must have constituted the most arresting freak show in town. With its parade of dung-firing animals, dog-headed or bat-eared humans, a winged sphinx with a young woman’s face, it seems closer to Hieronymus Bosch than to the scientific Greek cartographers.” (Simon Garfield. “On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks.”)

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The Magdalen (c. 1530). Attr. to The Master of the Legend of the Magdalen (German, active from about 1483 to around 1527). Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. Presented to the National Gallery by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort’s wish, 1863.
The figures on the jar the Magdalen holds may be Cain and Abel. The rocks in the background represent La Sainte-Baume in Provence, where she is said to have spent many years in penitence.

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The Magdalen (c. 1530). Attr. to The Master of the Legend of the Magdalen (German, active from about 1483 to around 1527). Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. Presented to the National Gallery by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort’s wish, 1863.

The figures on the jar the Magdalen holds may be Cain and Abel. The rocks in the background represent La Sainte-Baume in Provence, where she is said to have spent many years in penitence.

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14th-century unknown painters. Calvary of Hendrik van Rijn.

14th-century unknown painters. Calvary of Hendrik van Rijn.

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signum-crucis:

Sine aspectu et decore, crucique affixa, adoranda est veritas!

signum-crucis:

Sine aspectu et decore, crucique affixa, adoranda est veritas!

(Source: transfiguration.chartreux.org)

"Is it not something beautiful to consider that with each Hail Mary one gives a kiss to our heavenly Mother?" - Fr Stefano Manelli, F.I.

"Is it not something beautiful to consider that with each Hail Mary one gives a kiss to our heavenly Mother?" - Fr Stefano Manelli, F.I.

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"The sweet name of Mary is my Hope and my Refuge!"

"The sweet name of Mary is my Hope and my Refuge!"

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Fr Bill McCarthy, MSA on Love’s Depth
God’s love has a depth that is beyond human nature. Love loves, period. Love loves everyone always, PERIOD.
 Love loves the unlovable,
  touches the untouchable,
   teaches the unreachable,
    forgives the unforgivable.
 Love loves the outcast, the foreigner, the sinner, the prostitute, the murderer, the prisoner, the unfaithful spouse, the prodigal son, the alien, the abortionist.
 God gives us the grace to love with depth so that we remain committed even when we no longer feel like it. He gives us the grace to forgive when we feel we can’t. He gives us the grace to love when we no longer feel like it. The heart of love consists in its depth: to love when to love seems no longer possible, to love when to love seems out of reach, undeserved and unjust.
 This is Christian love. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” To treat a person like a thing is violence. To treat a thing like a person is idolatry. To treat a person like a person is simply justice. To treat a person like Christ is AGAPE love. This means that we are able to love a person who has offended us; or that we are willing, at least in some way, to die for our enemies. This is Christianity.

Fr Bill McCarthy, MSA on Love’s Depth

God’s love has a depth that is beyond human nature. Love loves, period. Love loves everyone always, PERIOD.

 Love loves the unlovable,
  touches the untouchable,
   teaches the unreachable,
    forgives the unforgivable.

Love loves the outcast, the foreigner, the sinner, the prostitute, the murderer, the prisoner, the unfaithful spouse, the prodigal son, the alien, the abortionist.

 God gives us the grace to love with depth so that we remain committed even when we no longer feel like it. He gives us the grace to forgive when we feel we can’t. He gives us the grace to love when we no longer feel like it. The heart of love consists in its depth: to love when to love seems no longer possible, to love when to love seems out of reach, undeserved and unjust.

 This is Christian love. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” To treat a person like a thing is violence. To treat a thing like a person is idolatry. To treat a person like a person is simply justice. To treat a person like Christ is AGAPE love. This means that we are able to love a person who has offended us; or that we are willing, at least in some way, to die for our enemies. This is Christianity.

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Fr Miguel de Herrera. Alegorías del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y la Santísima Trinidad (1747), oil on canvas, col. Museo Soumaya.

Fr Miguel de Herrera. Alegorías del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y la Santísima Trinidad (1747), oil on canvas, col. Museo Soumaya.

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The riza made for Andrei Rublev’s famous Icon of the Holy Trinity. The riza covered the icon completely except for the angels’ faces, hands, and feet, and was reworked several times: the earliest elements (the frame, background, figurative plaques, and precious stone cabochons) The original was a gift of Tsar Boris Godunov in 1599–1600, and consisted of the frame, background, figurative plaques, and precious stone haloes. The angel in the centre wears a pendant that was a gift of Tsarevich Feodor, embellished with pearls and precious stones framing a re-used Byzantine sapphire cameo of Christ Pantocrator, originally from the 10th century (difficult to see at this resolution, but just about visible). The three crescent-shaped necklaces attached to the haloes were added by Tsar Michael I Romanov in 1626. Later details were embossed in 1754 by Moscow silversmith Ivan Grigoriev, at the monastery’s expense. The original covering, as well as the later embellishments, appear as though the main reason for adding it was in order to honour the icon (and therefore the prototype: the Holy Trinity). In this way, the riza could be seen as a form of votive offering.

The riza made for Andrei Rublev’s famous Icon of the Holy Trinity. The riza covered the icon completely except for the angels’ faces, hands, and feet, and was reworked several times: the earliest elements (the frame, background, figurative plaques, and precious stone cabochons) The original was a gift of Tsar Boris Godunov in 1599–1600, and consisted of the frame, background, figurative plaques, and precious stone haloes. The angel in the centre wears a pendant that was a gift of Tsarevich Feodor, embellished with pearls and precious stones framing a re-used Byzantine sapphire cameo of Christ Pantocrator, originally from the 10th century (difficult to see at this resolution, but just about visible). The three crescent-shaped necklaces attached to the haloes were added by Tsar Michael I Romanov in 1626. Later details were embossed in 1754 by Moscow silversmith Ivan Grigoriev, at the monastery’s expense. The original covering, as well as the later embellishments, appear as though the main reason for adding it was in order to honour the icon (and therefore the prototype: the Holy Trinity). In this way, the riza could be seen as a form of votive offering.

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O great Saint Philomena, glorious Virgin and Martyr, wonder-worker of our age, I return most fervent thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed on thee, and beseech thee to impart to me a share in the graces and blessings of which thou hast been the channel to so many souls. Through the heroic fortitude with which thou didst confront the fury of tyrants and brave the frowns of the mighty rather than swerve from thy allegiance to the King of Heaven, obtain for me purity of body and soul, purity of heart and desire, purity of thought and affection. 

Through thy patience under multiplied sufferings, obtain for me a submissive acceptance of all the afflictions it may please God to send me and as thou didst miraculously escape unhurt from the waters of the Tiber, into which thou wert cast by order of thy persecutor, so may I pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to my soul. In addition to these favours, obtain for me, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the particular intention I earnestly recommend to thee at this moment. O pure Virgin and holy Martyr, deign to cast a look of pity from Heaven on thy devoted servant, comfort me in affliction, assist me in danger, above all come to my aid in the hour of death. Watch over the interests of the Church of God, pray for its exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the faith, for the Sovereign Pontiff, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, the conversion of sinners, and the relief of the souls in purgatory, especially those dear to me. O great Saint, whose triumph we celebrate on earth, intercede for me, that I may one day behold the crown of glory bestowed on thee in Heaven, and eternally bless Him who so liberally rewards for all eternity the sufferings endured for His love during this short life. Amen.

O great Saint Philomena, glorious Virgin and Martyr, wonder-worker of our age, I return most fervent thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed on thee, and beseech thee to impart to me a share in the graces and blessings of which thou hast been the channel to so many souls. Through the heroic fortitude with which thou didst confront the fury of tyrants and brave the frowns of the mighty rather than swerve from thy allegiance to the King of Heaven, obtain for me purity of body and soul, purity of heart and desire, purity of thought and affection.

Through thy patience under multiplied sufferings, obtain for me a submissive acceptance of all the afflictions it may please God to send me and as thou didst miraculously escape unhurt from the waters of the Tiber, into which thou wert cast by order of thy persecutor, so may I pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to my soul. In addition to these favours, obtain for me, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the particular intention I earnestly recommend to thee at this moment. O pure Virgin and holy Martyr, deign to cast a look of pity from Heaven on thy devoted servant, comfort me in affliction, assist me in danger, above all come to my aid in the hour of death. Watch over the interests of the Church of God, pray for its exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the faith, for the Sovereign Pontiff, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, the conversion of sinners, and the relief of the souls in purgatory, especially those dear to me. O great Saint, whose triumph we celebrate on earth, intercede for me, that I may one day behold the crown of glory bestowed on thee in Heaven, and eternally bless Him who so liberally rewards for all eternity the sufferings endured for His love during this short life. Amen.