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“How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically—all together, priest and faithful—toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, «ad Dominum», toward the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship (October 2016)

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A Visual Chronicle of Parish Life: Day 1
published 24 February 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

HIS WEEK I will post a different painting of parish life each day. I would venture to say that the customs of Catholic culture are even more beautiful than all the artwork they has produced. May these images be an inspiration to you as you look forward to a year of May crownings, First Communions, Corpus Christi processions, and midnight masses.

Today’s painting is by Joaquin Sorolla, a Spanish Luminist from the beginning of the last century. He is most known for his paintings of children in seascapes, but he also painted many wonderful images Spanish Catholicism. Among them is this painting, “The Baptism.”

Perhaps a few of the parishioners will strike you as rather familiar: The man saying the rosary in the front pew, the two people talking in church, the little girl dressed in her Sunday best and flanked by a mother and an aunt who know of her wild streak… I could swear I saw them all at mass yesterday.


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