Sacristy Art (Image from Santa Maria Maggiore)

Photo: OC-Travel
Sacristy art is a rare subject.  As someone who spends a lot of time in sacristies around the world, I have to say this one really caught my eye.

I took this photo in the sacristy of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.  The framed image, probably from the sixties, rests atop the paramenti cabinet where the clergy vest.

I think it worth mentioning because words sometimes fail and important messages need to be repeated.  Often, there is but one word seen in a sacristy: SILENTIVM.

The thought depicted here, which is really a prayer, is a beautiful and profound reminder.  Priest of God, celebrate this Mass as though it was your first.  Celebrate this Mass as thought it was your only.  Celebrate this Mass as thought it was your last.

I hope some pastors may be inspired to commission and display a similar image on their sacristy wall.

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