Glorious Jewelled Skeletons

SO AWESOME. For the two people who read me yet haven't already seen these. Even back when I was reflexively anti-Catholic I was fascinated by reliquaries and similar examples of Catholic tenderness toward and adornment of the bodies of the dead. ...This Daily Mail piece also gets points for describing one of the awesome skeletons as "louche." … [Read more...]

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“This Is Because of Their Similarity to the Human Head”: Orthodox Customs to Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptist

which is what we're doing today. Commemorating it, I mean, not doing it. … [Read more...]

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“Monk Takes Devotion to New Heights”…

...by sitting on them. … [Read more...]

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Two Tributes to Mary Magdalene

with two very different portraits of the saint. (Five minutes left in her feast day!) First, Katrina Fernandez offers a sheaf of portraits, of which my favorite by far is the muscular, off-center, whirlingly ecstatic interpretation of Giambattista Pittoni. Then Joanne McPortland writes about her ongoing relationship with the saint, and offers a hushed, serene, almost doll-like portrayal by Georges de la Tour. … [Read more...]

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It’s the Feast of the Jailers of Sts Peter and Paul

St Processus and St Martinian, who converted under the influence of their prisoners; they're the patron saints of wardens, jailers, and prison police. … [Read more...]

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It’s the Feast of St Vitus!

Patron of actors and dancers. Here's my review of the terrific Ballets Russes exhibit at the National Gallery again--why not check it out today if you're in DC? And here's Plisetskaya as the Dying Swan:(and more where that came from) … [Read more...]

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It’s the Feast Day of St Joan of Arc

A great day to criticize the Church hierarchy! And also to burn dinner! … [Read more...]

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