Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy Pentecost!

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

Here is the image for the 3rd Glorious Mystery, Pentecost, from the set of images used for the Sacred Art Series Rosary Flip Book. And below is the Sequence for Pentecost. It is meant to be sung immediately preceding the Gospel as Mass on Pentecost.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 19 - Saint Yves, Patron Saint of Lawyers

Today is the feast of Saint Yves, who is the patron saint of lawyers; although in recent centuries, he has been overshadowed by the great St. Thomas More. It was said of Saint Yves, "Sanctus Ivo erat Brito, Advocatus et non latro, Res mirando populo," which translated means "Saint Yves was a Breton and a lawyer, but not a thief, a remarkable thing in the people's eyes." So they were making lawyer jokes even well before Shakespeare's time.

The Detroit Institute of Arts has a wonderful--and very large--painting of St. Yves by the great artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Saint Yves, patron of lawyers, pray for us!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Monks of Norcia Chant CD

The Sacred Art Series is an enthusiastic supporter of Gregorian Chant. As Vatican II's Sacrosanctum Concilium explained, this is the music that should be given the first place at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is also the music of the Liturgy of the Hours. Gregorian Chant's rhythms and melodies are timeless and help encourage meditative, reflective, and contemplative prayer.

So we are delighted to share that one of our favorite communities of monks, the Benedictine Monks of Norcia, are releasing a CD of Gregorian Chant through DeMontfort Music. You can pre-order the album here. And not only will you get an excellent CD of chant, part of the proceeds will benefit this great community of monks.