Sunday, February 8, 2009

St. Paul's Outside the Walls

I took this video last summer in St. Paul's Outside the Walls. It was my second time in Rome and that beautiful church. Of the Roman basilicas I saw it has to rank in my heart at least on a par with John Lateran. It's truly one of the good and the beautiful and the video doesn't do it justice.

Sgraffitto Chapel, Leonessa,

Joseph of Leonessa's feast day was during the week. He was known as the 'companion killer' because he was so zealous that he would hardly rest as he walked from town to town preaching and ministering - resulting in the collapse from exhaustion of a number of friars. His body is kept in a church in the town. The Capuchin friary remains outside and the video is of its chapel. The chapel is certainly extraordinary but it couldn't be everybody's cup of tea. I think the artwork would look better on the outside of the church. Not ugly, not bad but not exactly good either. What do people think?

Upstairs Chapel Frescos, San Damiano, Assisi, Italy

This has to be one of the good, the beautiful. I've had the privilege of joining the friars for sung evening prayer in the main chapel, sitting in the choir that goes back to St. Bernadine of Siena. The two friars who appear in the video are Adrian, (the guy telling me to shush) my guardian but soon to be novice master in Oxford, and Paul, a deacon, from Papua New Guinea. All my videos are taken on a Kodak Z1258.


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