… of S. Maria Maggiore.
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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”
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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Wow. That’s a screen saver. Wow again.
Why can’t American Bishops build churches like that anymore?
Just a gesture of gratitude to all of you who were patient and helpful.
Brings back memories. On our first trip to Rome, my wife
and I attended a concert in S. Maria Maggiore by the Tallis
Scholars, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of
Palestrina — one of the best musical experiences of our
lives. On a subsequent trip, we stayed on the Aventine,
and went to Sant’Anselmo almost every night for Vespers.
Beautiful Solesmes-style chant. We were disappointed to
learn later that they had “deposed” their abbot because he
was too conservative, liturgically. Which brings up a
question for Fr. Z (if he’s reading this) — do you
happen to know who the abbot is that’s mentioned in Tosatti’s
news story, the one having dinner with a member of the Papal
entourage and presumably strategizing against the MP?
P.Bunyan: I was at that incredible concert. I will never forget the Allegri Miserere and the treble voice floating out of the Sistine Chapel.
The “Sistine” Chapel of S. M. Major is so-called because it was built by Pope Sixtus V.Â Â The Sistina in the Vatican was built by Sixtus IV.Â In the background is the tomb of St. Pope Pius V, who promulgated the Missale Romanum after the Council of Trent.
There will probably never be another Pope Sixtus.Â Think about it.
Fr. Z, Yes, it was incredible — the Tallis Scholars at
their peak. In case you’re not aware, a very beautiful video
was made of the concert, with gorgeous images of the church
and its mosaics. It is (or was) available on DVD.
Sancta Maria Maggiore is our favourite Church in Rome. Thanks you so much, Father, for this picture and welcome back.
The mosaic of the Dormition of Our Blessed Lady, which can be seen just beneath the underside of the baldachino, is both a beautiful work of art in itself, but also a wonderful reminder about the doctrines of the Assumption and the Resurrection of the Body.
Perhaps there will be if he has a sense of humour! Sixtus Sextus (have I got the latin right?) has a ring to it!
These mosaics from Santa Maria Maggiore remind me of the recent installation of mosaics in what is now known as the “Redemptoris Mater” chapel in the Vatican. It’s the same style. I love very early Roman (Catholic) mosiacs in early Churches in Rome and elsewhere in Italy, so I picked up the style and similarity immediatly.
I was wondering about Rome, after reading an article of the 50 new Churches the Diocese of Rome attempted to build after the Jubilee. Why would they waste the money building such hideous new Church that everyone apparently hates, (modern design, no ornamentation in the inside, very Protestant looking interiors), when they could instead maybe build fewer that 50 (say 20), better looking Churches with interious like Santa Maria Maggiore, or copies of other great Churches.
Having seen the horribly ugly new Churches in Roman suburbs, I can understand why young people shop around to find “pretty Churches” in which to get married, or to attend. Having seen these buildings, it’s no surprise so few go to Mass.
Well, Kenjiro, as Martin Mosebach says in his admirable and recent book “The Heresy of Formlessness” “…after more than a century of the destruction of forms in art, literature, architecture, politics, and religion, too, people are generally beginning to realize that loss of form – almost always – implies loss of content.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Thank you for this picture – I am happy I clicked for the larger version – excellent, beautiful. Makes the best desktop yet.
The mosaics in Santa Maria Maggiore are not only beautiful, but instructive! The Old Testament scenes in the nave retell the story of the Covenant between God and the Jewish People. The scenes from the Infancy Cycle on the arch show Christ as Lord of all and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. The apse mosaic underlines the importance of the Virgin in all this. There is much to ‘read’ in all those images!
Makes one wonder why today, in an age that is so depend on images for conveying information, so many of our churches are bare.
Iconoclasm, mcs. But we’ll get over it; iconoclastic periods pass and this one will too.