Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Actually this church, the cathedral-basilica of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, is dedicated to Christ and St.s John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. It was built o n land belonging to the Laterani family or so I'm told. Along with St. Paul's Outside the Walls St. John Lateran is a favourite of mine. St. Peter's is too big but this church, though large is not so big that I feel overwhelmed. St Francis visited this church many times on his way to meet the Pope and a large statue of himself and his followers stands facing it. Nearby is the Cistercian abbey and church of Santa Croce (stand with your back to John Lateran and walk straight ahead) where one can see the relics of the crucifixion. We celebrated Mass here last year in the choir of the canons. The video shows the mosaics in the apse which were added to by two friars one of whom Jacopo Torriti painted the frescoes in the vault of the basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I also put this on my other blog but it belongs here too. Found in a drawer in our sacristy: one cope with an embroidered image of the Sacred Heart - beautiful! We already have a cope so I volunteered to find a suitable home for this one.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
This video is from 2005. We were on our way to Mount Athos, sorry no video of the churches there - not allowed, and had to stay in Thessaloniki to get our papers checked out by the local government. So we did some sight-seeing and found this beautiful church (among many) Br. Richard Hendrick took the video. Definitely among the beautiful.