Newly Carved Reliquary Busts from King Richard's

Newly Carved Reliquary Busts from King Richard's Reliquary busts are something we have shown here before, usually originating in places such as Italy from the 15th through 19th centuries. While many find them of interest, it can be very easy to assume that these items are themselves consigned to be relics to the past, no …

Dedication of the Abbey Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, St Michael's Abbey

Dedication of the Abbey Church of  Our Lady of the Assumption, St Michael's Abbey Last Tuesday, May 4th, I had the great joy of attending the dedication of the new St Michaels’ Abbey Church, dedicated to our Lady of the Assumption in Silverado, California. The ceremony was presided over by Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, who was accompanied by Cardinal Burk…

The Ordination Card: In Memoriam Sacrae Ordinationis

The Ordination Card: In Memoriam Sacrae Ordinationis The ordination card is an item that is customarily handed out to the faithful by altar boys as newly ordained priests give their first blessings in the churchyard. It makes an excellent memento and a perfect keepsake.  It is also serves as a reminder to pray for the ordinan…

Other Anthropomorphic Forms of Reliquaries

Other Anthropomorphic Forms of Reliquaries Reliquaries come in various shapes and sizes, ranging from the more common floral-like form to those which are more anthropomorphized in their designs. Regarding the latter, in the past we have featured here reliquaries that come in the form of  busts  and  full figures  -- for…

Liturgical Notes on the Mozarabic Rite (or Visigothic Rite)

Liturgical Notes on the Mozarabic Rite (or Visigothic Rite) The Mozarabic rite is one of those distinctive western rites that generally receives a fair amount of interest from liturgical enthusiasts -- perhaps because of its relative obscurity. Strictly speaking, the Mozarabic liturgy from the modern, post-medieval period is more pr…

The Paleochristian Sarcophagi of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinaire in Classe

The Paleochristian Sarcophagi of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinaire in Classe The sixth century basilica of Sant'Apollinaire in Classe, located in Ravenna, Italy, is surely one of the most recognizable churches in the world. The church in question presents us with a classic paleo-Christian model rooted in the tradition of the antique Roman basili…