Five Examples of the Thurible

Five Examples of the Thurible One of the most beautiful objects in the area of liturgical metalwork is the thurible -- or at least, it has the potential to be one of the most beautiful in my estimation -- and today I wanted to show five examples taken from different periods, some more gothic in their s…

Before and After: The Positive Impact of Basic Ornamental Designs

Before and After: The Positive Impact of Basic Ornamental Designs Very often the 'before and after's' that we have shown here are renovations of entire churches. But an impactful 'before and after' needn't always be so grandiose.  Sometimes a positive impact can simply be found in some of the most basic of details…

A Cimabue Inspired Italian Crucifix

A Cimabue Inspired Italian Crucifix Today I wished to share some new woodwork coming from ALBL Oberammergau  in the form of a medieval Italian inspired crucifix. Specifically this particular work was inspired by Cimabue's "Crocifisso di Santa Croce." The crucifix is approximately four feet high …

A Tour of the London Oratory: Chapel of Blessed John Henry Newman

A Tour of the London Oratory: Chapel of Blessed John Henry Newman To date we have covered the high altar, two primary side altars of St. Philip Neri and Our Lady, and the chapel of St. Wilfrid in the London Oratory, Let us now turn our attention back to the nave. To each side of the nave of the London Oratory are various chapels dedicate…

Sacred Music Symposium in Canada Sets a High Standard

Sacred Music Symposium in Canada Sets a High Standard Catholics interested in sacred music will be making their way this August to Saints Joachim and Ann parish in British Columbia, Canada to participate in the 2019 BC Sacred Music Symposium . The organizers have announced the dates of this second annual event for August 2-4, …

A Tour of the London Oratory: St. Wilfrid's Chapel

A Tour of the London Oratory: St. Wilfrid's Chapel To the right of the high altar and sanctuary, near the Lady Altar, is a doorway which leads into the chapel of St. Wilfrid.  Above the door which enters into this chapel is an inscription which reads, "Remember your leaders. In honour of St Wilfrid, confessor and bish…

Teaching Sacred Music Through Musical Groups

Teaching Sacred Music Through Musical Groups I cannot say enough good things about the Belle Voici a Capella Ensemble.  This small group of professional singers leads the way in creating an effective environment where the broader community can be introduced to the best of sacred polyphony and choral music.  Further, …

A Tour of the London Oratory: The Altar of St. Philip Neri

A Tour of the London Oratory: The Altar of St. Philip Neri Continuing with out tour of the art and architecture of the London Oratory, today I wished to turn your attention to the other major side altar of the Oratory, the altar of St. Philip Neri.  After the High Altar and Lady Altar, this is the next most well known altar at the…

American Church Artist Bancel La Farge's St. Paul Seminary Mural

American Church Artist Bancel La Farge's St. Paul Seminary Mural On occasion I think it important to showcase local Catholic artists, both living and deceased.  One of my favorite American-born artists and church mural painters is Bancel La Farge (1865-1938).  As you can see, he had his own unique style. Bancel was the son of a famous p…

Cloistered Carmelites Reviving Ancient Architecture

Cloistered Carmelites Reviving Ancient Architecture Fortunate souls are blessed to visit this special hidden place - the Carmelite Hermitage of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  Here Carmelite hermits have built a lovely brick and limestone cloister with matching buildings.  They now intend to finish the bui…

A Tour of the London Oratory: The Lady Altar

A Tour of the London Oratory: The Lady Altar In the previous piece we gave consideration to the high altar and sanctuary of the London Oratory. Today we turn our attention to what is probably the next most well known altar of the London Oratory, the Lady Altar, located just to the right of the sanctuary. One of the w…