Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stations of the Cross Video

Father John Zuhlsdorf, of Fr. Z's blog, recently re-posted his excellent audio recordings of the Stations of the Cross. I've been desiring to produce a Stations of the Cross resource for some time, so Fr. Z's post was fortuitous.

Below, I've used Fr. Z's audio of the Stations of the Cross of St. Alphonsus Liguori to create a video featuring the beautiful Stations of the Cross of St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The Stations are about 100 years old and were painted by Pietro Ridolfi.

Free Extraordinary Form Baptism Booklet

As a promoter of beauty through sacred art, I am quite naturally also a promoter of beauty through the Catholic Church's traditional liturgy. With that in mind, I'd like to share here an excellent resource, a free .pdf of the Extraordinary Form baptismal rite. (Click here).

All credit for this resource goes to my father, who is a Roman Catholic deacon and who has baptized four of my five children--and many of my nieces and nephews--using this beautiful rite. Over the years, he created this very helpful resource to assist those attending these baptisms to follow along. It also includes the rubrics in English in red text.

My parish recently requested copies of this resource, and I think others may find it helpful so I am posting it here. I recommend taking the file to a printer and asking it to be printed front and back as a booklet.

Below: Baptism of Christ by Pietro Perugino (c. 1483)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Free Digital presentation of the Rosary

I was asked to produce a digital presentation of the Rosary so that it could be projected onto a large screen or displayed on a TV. I can see how this could be useful in situations where the Rosary Flip Books are not large enough to be seen, so here it is. I saved it as a Powerpoint show. There are two versions: one with captions (click here), and one with no captions (click here). I prefer the one with no captions, but for those less familiar with either the artwork or the mysteries of the Rosary, you may prefer having the captions.

You are welcome to download and use and share. All of the images are in the public domain.

Also, by downloading the file and accessing through Google Drive on my Android Smartphone, I was able to open the file and then "cast" it to my HD TV using my handy Google Chromecast. It worked quite well.