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Kings College Chapel & Organ

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 22:40
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Kings College Chapel & Organ, originally uploaded by Heaven`s Gate (John).

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Tue, 03/17/2009 - 12:54
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Saint Patrick, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

This lovely stained glass window can be found in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, California.

And a Great Sign Appeared in Heaven...

Fri, 12/05/2008 - 15:26

DSC_1073, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

This lovely statue of Our Lady is from Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, California. According to the Mission Website, it's a statue of "Our Lady of the Rosary, an excellent Mexican Baroque period sculpture from the mid-18th century."

Old St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel

Wed, 10/29/2008 - 15:53


We just went to an exhibit on objects from the Vatican. They mostly had works of art having to do with St. Peter and the popes, but also about St. Peter's Basilica - both the old one (built by Constantine) and the new one (built during the Renaissance). We also got to talk to a nice volunteer who told us a lot about Old St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel and answered our questions we had about them.

They had a neat model of the Old St Peter's at the exhibit - we found a drawing of it on the Internet (shown above with link to the site). I was excited to see it, because I never knew what it looked like and we were just reading about it yesterday. Old St. Peter's was built in the 300s at the place where St. Peter died, which was a Roman circus (it's not a circus with clowns and jugglers, it's more like the Colosseum - they might have chariot races and gladiator fights and things like that). Around 1450, the pope decided to take it down because it was falling apart. From 1475-1483 they built a chapel and when it was completed, the pope hired Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Rosselli, and Perugino to paint the walls on the sides of the chapel. They painted the ceiling blue with stars. In 1508, another pope, hired Michelangelo to paint frescoes of the twelve apostles on the ceiling. After he started the work, Michelangelo decided that he didn't like them and came up with a different idea that we can see today. He finished the frescoes in 1512.

The groundbreaking for the new St. Peter's Basilica was in 1506 and it was consecrated in 1626.


Side commentary on another favorite from the exhibit, as explained by my then seven year old daughter:

We saw the Mandylion. The frame was made only out of gold, silver and jewels. It had angels on each side - their wings were gold and their bodies were silver. The picture was of God's face. It was really neat.

NOTE: I've transferred this several-years-old post from a different blog as it relates here - my children helped piece together this info.

Mission San Juan Bautista

Wed, 07/02/2008 - 03:49
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San Juan Bautista, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

Happy Feast Day to Blessed Junipero Serra, founder of the California Missions.

Fray Junipero Serra

Mon, 05/26/2008 - 17:55
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Fray Junipero Serra, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

from Mission San Diego

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mon, 05/26/2008 - 02:04
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

Tile picture at Mission San Carlos Borromeo (Mission Carmel)

St. Thomas Aquinas

Sat, 05/24/2008 - 03:10
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St. Thomas Aquinas, originally uploaded by Chez VH.

Stained glass window above the altar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, California.

Happy Easter!

Sun, 03/23/2008 - 05:09
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The Lamb of God, originally uploaded by *clairity*.

Beautiful Outdoor Stations of the Cross

Fri, 03/21/2008 - 20:56
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Stairway to Station IX, originally uploaded by stuffle.

at Holy Hill in Hubertus, Wisconsin

"Heart in Stained Glass"

Tue, 03/11/2008 - 12:25
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heart in stained glass, originally uploaded by Mathieu Struck.

from Curitiba's Metropolitan Cathedral in Brazil

Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 03:32
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The Upper Basilica of Lourdes, originally uploaded by Lawrence OP.

View some more beautiful photos from Lourdes here.

Cardinal Ratzinger on Cathedrals

Sat, 02/09/2008 - 16:40
Where the spirit is not alive, where it is not effective and does not reign, cathedrals become museums, memorials to the past whose beauty makes you sad because it is dead. That is the warning, as it were, which emanates from this cathedral celebration. Faith alone can keep cathedrals alive, and the question the one-thousand-year-old cathedral is asking us is whether we have the strength of faith to give it a present and a future. In the end, organizations for the protection of historical monuments do not preserve the cathedral, as imoprtant and commendable as they area - only the spirit which created it can do this.

Cardinal Ratzinger, A New Song for the Lord

Unit Study Information

Sat, 02/09/2008 - 16:24
I'm currently working on adding the details from the original Heart and Mind Magazine Unit Study to this website. Please check out the sidebar for a growing table-of-contents.

Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls

Sun, 01/27/2008 - 15:44
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San Paolo Furi le Mura, originally uploaded by Lost Bob.

The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls is one of the four major basilicas of Rome. Friday was the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. The Pope said a special Mass from this Basilica to celebrate that feast.

See more photos here

Read about the unearthing of St. Paul's tomb here.

You can find out a little more about the basilica (and its famous paintings of the popes) here.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine - Old Basilica

Fri, 01/04/2008 - 05:51
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Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, originally uploaded by Wallack Family.

Mexico City, Mexico

Arrival of the Three Kings - Stained Glass

Fri, 01/04/2008 - 05:49
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Inside the Cologne Cathedral, originally uploaded by Archangeli.

Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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