Venice Days 2-3: Bones, fabrics and views

A few more images of Venice before transitioning to another place.

From the vaporetto on the way out to San Giorgio Maggiore, a view of Santa Maria della Salute.

Over the door of the church you still find the arms of Pius VII!

On either side of the main altar there are glorious paintings by Tintoretto, one of the gathering of manna and the other of the Last Supper.

This, we are assured, is the resting place of the bones of Sts. Cosmos and Damian.

From the belfry.

Here is the Blessed Sacrament altar in a side chapel of San Moise, where I have in the past and during this trip, had Mass.  1747.

Not too far away, there is a fabric store that a priest friend recommended.  They do things the old fashioned way, hand producing some fabrics at the rate of, maybe, 10 cm a day.  By machine they can go as fast as 40 cm.   Alas, this stuff is so expensive that I don’t even want to think about what a pontifical set would cost.

Speaking of fabric, here is a great tabernacle veil arrangement.  The veils are suspended from hooks on the gilded wooden frame work which slides into place and is held on either side by metal tongue-in-grove claps.  You can remove the frame and work change the veils and slid it back on again.  Nice.  It is pretty simple, really, and looks great.  Remember that the veil, more than the light, is the sign of the Real Presence.  That’s why even ciboria, inside the tabernacle, should always have veils after consecration and while there are particles of the Eucharist within.

Inside La Fenice.

Our waiter, opening bottles of wine for the group.

In the water taxi leaving rainy Venice.

And still on the water in our new spot.  The group has dispersed.  I’m with a couple friends.

A room with a view.

Now it is time to unclench a bit, nap, and start a new book before heading back into the hurly-burly.


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  1. acardnal says:

    Very nice photos.

    “That’s why even ciboria, inside the tabernacle, should always have veils after consecration and while there are particles of the Eucharist within.”

    One thing I particularly admired about the priests of Opus Dei is that they always used a scruple spoon and ciboria veils.

  2. benedetta says:

    It’s been very pleasant to see your photos of this particular of your field trips, Father.

  3. wanda says:

    Beautiful. The last 3 photos look like fine paintings. Thank you for sharing, Fr. Z.

  4. capchoirgirl says:

    What a beautiful tabernacle veil! We have a veil at my parish, too, but it’s much simpler. Still, it’s beautiful in its own way–made of good fabric, etc. And it’s easy to change out for various liturgical celebrations, which is also a plus.

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