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Be Saintly and Religious

"But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence … [More]
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Lazarus and the Rich Man

"“There was a rich man* who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich … [More]
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Dwelling in Inaccessible Light

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"I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who at the due time will be revealed by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all, the King of kings and the Lord of … [More]
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Tradiderunt

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“Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” – Luke 9:44, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. Detail from a Station of the Cross by Eric Gill in Westminster Cathedral. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Mortalitas

"Because mortals go to their lasting home, and mourners go about the streets; Before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken, And the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the pulley is broken at the well, And the dust returns to … [More]
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Ambo

The Ambo in Westminster Cathedral from which the Gospel is proclaimed on solemn occasions. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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In Spe Resurrectionis

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The peacock is a symbol of the Resurrection and of immortality. It is carved here into a capital that supports the Ambo in Westminster Cathedral. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Mater Angliæ

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"O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine Son, dying on the cross confided us to your maternal care. You are our Mother; we desire ever to remain your devout children. Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession … [More]
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Lord of the Seasons

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"Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us." – Ecclesiastes 1:10, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. Christ, who is ever new is also ever ancient – the eternal Word is who is the … [More]
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Vanitas – Threshing Grain

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"Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit have we from all the toil which we toil at under the sun?" – Ecclesiastes 1:2-3, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. Detail from a stained glass … [More]
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Vanitas - Medieval Merchant

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"All things are wearisome, too wearisome for words. The eye is not satisfied by seeing nor has the ear enough of hearing." – Ecclesiastes 1:8, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. Detail from a stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral … [More]
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Exitus

"One generation departs and another generation comes, but the world forever stays." – Ecclesiastes 1:4, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. Exiting Chartres Cathedral by its south portal. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Time

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"The sun rises and the sun sets; then it presses on to the place where it rises." – Ecclesiastes 1:5, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. 24-Hour clock on the exterior of Chartres Cathedral, which dates to 1520. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Saint Matthew (Kells)

This depiction of St Matthew, whose symbol is the winged man, is from the Book of Kells, and this mosaic version is in the Irish Chapel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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St Matthew the Evangelist

Mosaic of St Matthew, from the dome of the Cathedral of St Matthew in Washington DC. Behind him stands an angel holding the opening words of his Gospel. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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The Call of St Matthew

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"As Jesus was walking on he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him. While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to … [More]
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St Matthew's Cathedral

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Christopher Grant LaFarge, who had worked on the plans for the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City and the Cathedral of St James in Seattle, designed the Catholic Cathedral of Washington DC. The cornerstone was laid and blessed in 1893 … [More]
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Washington's Cathedra

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"The Cathedral church and parish is named for Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants, recognizing all those who serve in the municipal, state, and national governments and the many international organizations located in the … [More]
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Our Lady of Sorrows Mass II

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Elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, 15th September, 2016 in the Lourdes chapel, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass was organised by 'Juventutem DC'. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Our Lady of Sorrows Mass III

Elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, 15th September, 2016 in the Lourdes chapel, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass was organised by 'Juventutem DC'. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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