Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Luminous Mysteries Rosary Flip Book - Now Available!

The Luminous Mysteries Rosary Flip Book is now available at Amazon!

Use discount code LUMINOUS for 15% off one or 25% off three items or more from the Sacred Art Series. (To get the discount, be sure to buy all items from seller Bloomfield Books.) The Amazon product pages for all Sacred Art Series items are linked at www.SacredArtSeries.com.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

First Communion Sale through April 19

The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John from the Sacred Art Series is an ideal First Communion Gift. So with First Communion-season upon us, Sacred Art Series is offering 20% off this exquisite gift. (The book retails for $39.95, so 20% off brings the price to $32.)

Get yours today by entering discount code FIRSTCMN when checking out at Amazon. (Be sure to select "See All Buying Options" and select seller Bloomfield Books; then enter the code at checkout.)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Luminous Mysteries Rosary Flip Book - Coming Soon!

UPDATE: The Luminous Mysteries Rosary Flip Book is now available at Amazon!

The Rosary Flip Book includes images of the fifteen traditional mysteries of the Rosary: the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.

I'm excited to announce that the Luminous Mysteries Rosary Flip Book will soon be available for purchase. It will feature the five Luminous Mysteries, which are the Baptism in the Jordan, the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Proclamation of the Kingdom, the Transfiguration, and the Institution of the Eucharist. The artwork is from Giotto and Fra Angelico. This flip book will be 6" x 6".

Here it is!

And this photo shows it in between the small Rosary Flip Book and the large Rosary Flip Book.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Here is Eugene Bernand's wonderful painting of Peter and John running to the tomb on Easter morning.

Here is Fra Angelico's "Noli me tangere."

And here is the Gregorian Chant Introit for today's Mass.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Holy Saturday - The Descent into Hell

Here is Duccio's painting of Christ's Descent into Hell. Below it is an eloquent description of this event. It comes from an ancient homily that is presented each year on Holy Saturday as part of the Church's Office of Readings. (Hat tip: Universalis.com)

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

  He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

  I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

  See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

  I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

  Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

There are so many great pieces of art that depict Holy Thursday. A favorite of mine is Fra Angelico's Institution of the Eucharist.

There are also these great one's from Duccio's Maesta.

Notice below how Duccio incorporates two scenes into this one artwork: (1) Christ in prayer on the right, and (2) Christ returning to his sleepy Apostles.

Giotto's depiction of Christ's arrest is also too good to omit.