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Pointing to the Heavenly Jerusalem

"In the spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear …
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Our Lady in May - Our Refuge and our Hope

"Hail, Mother of Mercy, our life, our refuge and our hope..." goes one of the ancient antiphons to Our Lady. Every May, the Church turns in love and devotion to Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother too. May she hold us as she held Christ in her …
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St Philip and St James

High Altar of the church of SS Philip and James, Baltimore. The two apostles are depicted in the stained glass windows behind High Altar, and today is their feast day. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Church of St Philip & St James

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"James Cardinal Gibbons laid the cornerstone of the first home of Saints Philip and James Catholic Church on September 5, 1897. The present church building was dedicated on June 15, 1930. This grand and imposing structure incorporates the finest …
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Mater Gratiæ

"Mary, Mother of Grace, Mother of mercy, Shield me from the enemy And receive me at the hour of my death. Amen." Stained glass window from the apse of the church of SS Philip and James, Baltimore. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Grace Cathedral Facade

The Episcopal Grace Cathedral is San Francisco is an unusual blend of the architecture of several medieval French Gothic Cathedrals. The façade towers rise 174 feet (53m) from street level. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Queen of the May: Mary carries Jesus to Safety

"To you, Eternal Spirit by whose breath was born by Mary the Infant God, be our eternal blessings." - from the 'Hymnus Eucharisticus' sung in Oxford at dawn on May Day. This relief panel is from the doors of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Source: …
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St Athanasius Defends the Creed

"But if God be simple, as He is, it follows that in saying "God" and naming "Father," we name nothing as if about Him, but signify His substance itself. For though to comprehend what the substance of God is be impossible, yet if we only understand …
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St Athanasius

Today, 2nd May, is the feast of St Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria; Confessor and Doctor of the Church. He was born c. 296 and died on the 2nd of May in 373. St Athanasius was the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the …
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Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill

Completed in 1964 to a design by Lewis Parsons Hobart, Grace Cathedral is the Episcopal Cathedral of San Francisco, and it is modelled, in part, on the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Recessional

From the Easter Vigil 2016 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Blessing the incense

From Easter morning Mass 2016 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, celebrated by Archbishop Augustine DiNoia OP. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Ave Maria

Today is the feast of the Dominican pope, St Pius V, who "was so devoted to the Most Blessed Virgin, the Mother of God, that he prayed the Rosary every day, even though as pontiff he was occupied with many concerns." This sculpture in the Dominican …
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Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii

St Pius V, the Dominican pope whose feast is today "stood against those who opposed the faith with all his power, notably in the naval expedition against the Turks at Lepanto (1571), attributing the victory to the intercession of Our Lady of the …
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Pope Saint Pius V

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"Antonio Ghislieri was born in 1504 in Bosco, Italy. At the age of fourteen he received the habit of the Friars Preachers, taking the name Michael. He was ordained in 1528 and became a lector, taught sacred theology and was prior of several …
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Pope Saint Pius V Ora Pro Nobis
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St Catherine pleads for Peace

"Peace, for Catherine, meant, above all, peace in the Church, the healing of the Great Schism. Here we see both her intense love of the Church, which for her was `no other than Christ himself, and her courage and freedom. She so loved the Church …
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St Catherine receiving the Stigmata

"I turn me and lean against the most Holy Cross of Christ Crucified, and there I will fasten me." – St Catherine of Siena. This painting of St Catherine is in the Dominican nuns' monastery in Paray-le-Monial, France. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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St Catherine receiving the Rosary

“Mary is the most sweet bait, chosen, prepared, and ordained by God, to catch the hearts of men.” – St Catherine of Siena. Today is the feast of St Catherine of Siena, Dominican saint and mystic who is patroness of Europe. This statue of Our Lady …
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St Catherine of Siena

"You are the supreme and infinite Good, good above all good; good which is joyful, incomprehensible, inestimable; beauty exceeding all other beauty; wisdom surpassing all wisdom, because You are Wisdom itself. Food of angels, giving Yourself with …
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