Monday, October 08, 2007

Latin Mass on the altar where the Relic of the Precious Blood is kept in Bruges



Inspiration & Meditation


This programs explores in depth the exhibition "Inspiration & Meditation" held at the Museum Amstelkring a converted Catholic church ... all » located in the heart of the red light district in Amsterdam. We talk with museum curator Drs.Guus van den Hout about the facets of zen buddist.


In this Church Catholics who lived in fear of their lives worshipped.

As they did in Japan, where they preferred death to Bhuddism or Shintoism.

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Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg

The Pluralism Project tells us that the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg occupies a property which belonged to the Catholic Church.

"The center is a converted Catholic Church complex. The large prayer room, formerly the church sanctuary, is in the main building of the complex. In this same building there is a smaller prayer room, one eighth the size of the larger prayer room, and wudu stations. "

Description of the Main Sanctuary

"The main sanctuary gets its light from the stained glass windows and the cylindrical wrought-iron lanterns that cast a yellow light in the room. Its ceiling is vaulted in a pointed dome and is decorated with symmetrical eight point stars that line either side of the point in the dome. Stained-glass windows of a green and yellow hue line the length of the walls and display Arabic names of God with an artistic golden touch. The room resonates with subdued sea greens, blues, grays, pinks, corals, and gold leaf enhancements. The carpet has approximately sixteen inch-wide stripes in alternating light and dark sea green to provide direction toward Mecca for the worshippers in the Mosque. There is a balcony at the rear of the prayer room, which is also carpeted in the same manner as the main floor. The balcony, and the back left corner of the room that is sectioned off by a free-standing green curtain, are for women. (Mosques would not normally have stained glass windows but this mosque does because the windows remain from the building’s earlier use as a Catholic church. The areas where the Stations of the Cross were in the Catholic Church have been removed but their indentations are still present.)"

Keep St. Peter’s Basilica

-a a place of prayer and adoration, says Pope Benedict XVI

"At noon today the Pope received Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, and those who work with him. Benedict told them that the basilica should continue to be a place which is totally oriented to the glory of Christ and the unity of the Church.

The Holy Father recalled how the chapter of the papal basilica of St. Peter's dates back to 1053, "when Pope Leo IX confirmed on the archpriest and canons of St. Peter's, who had taken up residence in the monastery of Santo Stefano Maggiore, the possessions and privileges granted by his predecessors."
Since its creation in the 11th century, those who care for the ministries of St. Peter’s have participated in various fields of activity, liturgical, administrative, pastoral and charitable. "From the 11th century until today 11 Popes have been part of the Vatican chapter, and among them I particularly wish to recall those of the 20th century, Pius XI and Pius XII."

Benedict XVI then went on to tell his listeners what he expects of them and the value of their contribution. He asked the chapter to continue “to recall with your prayerful presence at the tomb of Peter that nothing must be put before God; that the Church is entirely oriented towards Him, towards His glory; that the primacy of Peter is at the service of the unity of the Church, and that this unity is in its turn, at the service of the salvific plans of the Most Holy Trinity."

The Pope closed by encouraging those who work at the basilica to keep it a place of prayer. "I put great trust in you and in your ministry, that St. Peter's Basilica may be a true place of prayer, adoration and praise for the Lord. In this sacred place, where every day thousands of pilgrims and tourists arrive from all over the world, more than elsewhere it is necessary that ... there should be a stable community of prayer guaranteeing a continuity with tradition and, at the same time, interceding for the intentions of the Pope in the Church and the world today."

The same could be said of every single Church throughout the world. More often than not, entrance money is paid, but there is no attempt to evangelise the tourists. In the tourist hot spots of Belgium, there is almost always a museum around the High Altar, while Mass is offered at the people's altar in the nave. People's altar, a wretched term for a wretched idea that symbolises the truth of the modern Church.

Feast of Blessed Simeon


On the same day, the birthday of Blessed Simeon. The Gospel related that when the Lord Jesus was presented in the temple, the old man took Him in his arms and prophesied concerning Him (from the Martyrology)

Luke 2

29Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace;
30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:
32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted;
35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.

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