Sunday, February 27, 2011

Save Baby Joseph

www.savebabyjoseph.com

Catholic Culture: Polyphony

Vatican City.

Rome: Autographed Portrait of Venerable Pius XII


The Roman Canon: How the Pope Prays for Himself

Papal altar missal, Vatican City.

Rome Statue of Mother Teresa

Donated by the people and government of India.

Nero: First to Butcher Christians

Even today many Christians are killed each year just for being Christian.

Martyrs of the 1870 Porta Pia Massacre

The first watch of the guard at Porta Pia on the morning of September 20, 1870.

Rome: President of Italy Motorcade

Live in Rome and you will sometimes see him go by in his Lancia.

Keep the Tiara

Vatican City.

Clergy Hats: the Fedora

Incorrupt Body of St. Paul of the Cross


Roman Basilica of Sts. John and Paul.

Sung Mass: Our Patrimony

Vatican City.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Support Baby Joseph

Help this family save their baby.

Pray, fast and do penance to save our civilization from pro-abortion claws.

Oremus!

Pope Blesses New Statue of Maronite Saint for Outside Wall of St. Peter's Basilica




A lovely statue of St. Maron carved by a Spaniard in Italy, at Pietrasanta. A great honor to be present at the unveiling and blessing of this statue along with hundreds of Maronite pilgrims from Lebanon and across the globe. The blessing, oddly, was pronounced by the Holy Father in Italian (it would have been more fitting in Latin).

Catholic Lebanon

Vatican City.

Friday, February 25, 2011

St. Peter's Basilica: New Statue of St. Maron Unveiled




Wednesday, February 23, 2011.
St. Maron was a Syrian hermit and priest who died in AD 410.

Maronite Rite Nun

Vatican City.

Maronite Rite Monk

Rome.

Council Father Sings Divine Liturgy in Vatican Basilica

Not every day you see a living Council Father sing Pontifical High Mass, let alone a patriarch or a priest who has been bishop for 50 years.
As Catholics we hold that there have been only 21 sacred and holy, oecumenical and general Synods (Councils).
On Wednesday, February 23 His Eminent Beatitude the Lord Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and of all the East, in the presence of the president of Lebanon and countless faithful from Lebanon and the diaspora, celebrated Divine Liturgy according to the Antiochene Syriac Maronite rite at the altar of the Chair of the Vatican Basilica in celebration of the closing of the Jubilee Year in celebration of the 1,600 anniversary of the dies natalis (death) of their founder, St. Maron.
The words of consecration were chanted in Syriac, the spoken languge of Christ.

Monk Clergy Hat from Lebanon

See here.

Catholic Syria

They were Catholic before we were and have remained faithful with unbroken succession.

Catholic Womanhood: Spanish Mantilla

Simply gorgeous seen in the Vatican City.

Traditional Habit

Vatican Basilica.

Catholic Sri Lanka and Catholic Slovenia

The Catholic (universal) Church was the world's frist universal church, thus the name.

Catholic Culture: Chivalry

Image from the Internet.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mons. Sharbel-Ghattas Maroun the Great

One of the very finest priests on the planet earth.
A saint. One of seven children. He inspires.
A great honor to spend time with him in the Holy City.
Thanks, Abouna!

Communion Rail of St. Peter's Basilica

Did your parish keep theirs, too?
"Before you take down a fence first ask why it was put up."

Church of the Gesù

Everybody has their favorite and this is the favorite church of yours truly in Rome.

Holy Mass in the Catacombs

Gregorian Rite

What the Papal Throne Looked Like

Bring it back.

Catholic Culture

Holy Communion to the sick and dying: the boy leads with lantern and bell while the cleric follows with pyx in burse.

Blessed

Image from the Internet.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

She Who Speaks the Language of Christ

This sweet young lady seeen today in the Vatican is a Syriac Christian.

They are the last humans on the planet earth who still speak the spoken language of Christ, Syriac (Aramaic).

A persecuted people, these Orthodox Christians do not speak or understand Arabic. They fled the sword of Islam into Turkey and in recent years have fled still further (after Ottoman genocide) to peaceful places such as Sweden, Germany, Austria and the United States.

It is a wonderful treat to hear them speak the language of Christ.

February 22, 2011

Vatican City State.

Traditional Habit

Teutonic College in Vatican City

Long live the Holy Roman Empire.