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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

A Visual Chronical of Parish Life: Day 4
published 27 February 2014 by Gwyneth Holston

OAQUIN SOROLLA Y BASTIDA painted this touching work of a monk helping crippled children bathe in the sea in Valencia. It won the Grand Prix and Medal of Honor at the Exhibition in Paris in 1900 and was the turning point in his professional career.

I admire how Sorolla selected a color scheme that corresponds to the narrative. The black waves in the distance seem to symbolize the difficult life these poor children have ahead of them. Their delicate skin is set off by an eerie light. Unlike the black horizon, the black habit of the monk is a comforting presence that provides a protective stability.

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