Archive for the ‘Christianity’ Category

estaciones de la Cruz en Parroquia de San Amoro

March 2, 2016
station of the cross in stained glass

station of the cross in stained glass

Wonderful stations of the cross in stained glass in Parroquia de San Amoro, at La Paz viewpoint.

Parroquia de San Amoro

March 2, 2016
Parroquia de San Amoro

Parroquia de San Amoro

Beautiful small church, of either 1501 or 1591, sign in Roman numerals and Arabic numerals did not agree, at La Paz viewpoint.

Inside, stations of the cross in stained glass.

Christmas presents

December 25, 2015
Christmas presents

Christmas presents

Thank you everyone for their Christmas presents and cards.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas -- Ken Crane

Merry Christmas — Ken Crane

Christmas Mary and Joseph

Christmas Mary and Joseph

Merry Christmas

Feliz Navidad

Καλά Χριστούγεννα

С Рождеством

Canon Andrew White on All Saints’ Day at St Paul’s Cathedral

November 2, 2015

Canon Andrew White on All Saints’ Day, ie Sunday 1 November 2015, at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Revd Canon Andrew White, President of the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East and ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, preaches the sermon at the Sung Eucharist service on All Saints’ Day at St Paul’s (Sunday 1 November 2015).

A very moving sermon from Canon Andrew White.

Church of the Holy Apostles

October 27, 2015
Church of the Holy Apostles

Church of the Holy Apostles

Church of the Holy Apostles, Agii Apostoli, dating from c 10th century AD, Middle Byzantine, is located in the Ancient Agora of Athens.

Agii Apostoli is the only structure in the Agora, other than the Temple of Hephaestus, to survive intact since its foundation.

Within the church are 17C wall paintings.

Ayias Trias

October 15, 2015
Ayias Trias

Ayias Trias

Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Ayia Trias.

El Camino de Santiago

April 18, 2015
Abbey Road -  Imágenes del Camino de Santiago

Abbey Road – Imágenes del Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago is a mediaeval pilgrimage route that runs along northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

Happy Easter

April 5, 2015

Twice yesterday, Saturday afternoon, I was greeted ‘Happy Easter’.

Once by an English friend, then later by a Nepalese (Buddhist) friend.

Is this a new trend, as never before have I been greeted ‘Happy Easter’?

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday, but never Happy Easter.

Christmas is marked by an orgy of obscene consumerism. Easter has tended not to be marked, apart from shops closing on Sunday (they used to close Good Friday).

There has though of late been an attempt to bring back Easter, processions in the street with a large wooden cross being carried, Passion Plays.

What has Easter eggs and rabbits got to do with Easter, asked my Nepalese friend?

She, as with most non-Christians, finds Christianity a perplexing mystery. If we are honest, so do most Christians, as they lack any understanding of the origins of their religion.

Absolute nothing, I said, and I have no idea where it has come from.

Triangle, a Christian bookshop was offering Real Easter Eggs.

What are real Easter eggs?

Painted white eggs?

In Lithuania, the eggs are painted, then at Easter smashed.

Easter eggs in Milk and Honey

Easter eggs in Milk and Honey

In Brazil, a tradition of painted Easter eggs.

Easter bunny and egg in Cyprus

Easter bunny and egg in Cyprus

In Cyprus, 2m high rabbits and eggs in the street.

We have Western Christians and Orthodox Christians celebrating Easter at different times of the year. For Orthodox Christians, Easter is not this weekend but next weekend.

And Easter is never the same date, it moves with the cycle of the moon.  The reason being is that, like Christmas, it is an adaption of pre-Christian festivities. It is easier to persuade people to celebrate a festival with a new name, than to force them to celebrate a new festival.

Botafumeiro

March 26, 2015

misa para los peregrinos

misa para los peregrinos

catching sunbeams

catching sunbeams

setting Botafumeiro in motion

setting Botafumeiro in motion

setting in Botafumeiro motion

setting Botafumeiro in motion

catching sunbeams

catching sunbeams

Botafumeiro  is a censer that is swung at special services in Catedral de Santiago in Santiago de Compostela.

It is swung at the special Friday evening mass, and occasionally at other masses too.

I witnessed the occasion at Friday evening mass last week. It takes place at the end of the mass. The censor is lowered, filled with burning charcoal, then with eight men pulling on ropes, it swings into the transepts, almost to the ceiling.

It is quite dramatic when first seen, accompanied by loud organ music.

Each day at midday a special mass for pilgrims.

Saturday midday mass, the censer was swung, as it was at the mass following the midday mass on Sunday.

The clergy in attendance were robed in purple not green. Those pulling the ropes robed in claret.

Friday and Saturday, the censer was stopped. On the Sunday it was allowed to swing and slowly slowly come to a halt.

The description on Wikipedia, like most things on Wikipedia, false. No way was 40kg of charcoal and incense shovelled into the censer. Nor did the swinging censer fill the cathedral with smoke or produce large volumes of smoke. Botafumeiro is normally found suspended at the end of the rope, not kept in the cathedral library.

The Botafumeiro is suspended from a pulley mechanism in the dome in the centre of the cathedral, the entire mechanism flexes as it is swung.