EL ARTE DE LOS BELENES / The Art of Nativity Scene

Historia del Arte: El Arte en la Historia

Resumen: La tradición de los Belenes arranca en el siglo XIII con San Francisco de Asís, quien por primera vez utilizó personas y después figuras en una cueva para recrear el Nacimiento. Posteriormente se difundió por Italia y España. Si en el siglo XVI y XVII se extiende la tradición por iglesias y conventos, será en el siglo XVIII cuando se impondrá como una moda gracias al Belén Napolitano. En la actualidad esta tradición continúa convirtiéndose en un arte.

Summary: The tradition of the Nativity Scene began in the thirteenth century with St. Francis of Assisi, who first used people and then figures in a cave to recreate the Nativity. Later it spread to Italy and Spain. The sixteenth and seventeenth century the tradition was extended in churches and convents. After that, in the eighteenth century was introduced as a fashion thanks to the Neapolitan Nativity Scene. Today this tradition…

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Kathedraal - Bruiloft van Cana - Maarten de Vos (1595 - 97)

The Wedding Feast at Cana

Does Synod’s ‘Way of Accompaniment’ Put the Church at Risk of De Facto Schism? (1615)

COMMENTARY: Allowing different regional practices regarding reception of Communion will cause grave disunity and confusion among the faithful. Second of four parts.



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The Catholic Church cannot adopt the synod final report’s suggested “way of accompaniment and discernment” with respect to reception of Communion by divorced-remarried Catholics, without failing in her mission to teach Jesus’ disciples to observe all that he commanded (Matthew 28:20).

By doing so, the Church will cause grave disunity and confusion among the faithful, give scandal (that is, would serve as an inducement to sin) and be unjust to the faithful spouses and innocent children of those who civilly remarry without a legitimate and certain demonstration of the nullity of…

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La Liturgia del Adviento.

Ars Celebrandi

El oficio de la primera dominica de Adviento, llamada en el lenguaje popular antiguo Dominica ad te levavi, del incipit del introito de la misa, se encuentra en seguida dominado por el pensamiento fundamental de este tiempo: la espera de la venida de Cristo. Ecce nomen Domini venit de longinquo et dantas eius replet orbem terrarum, dice la antífona ad Magníficat de las primeras vísperas. La primera parte de este texto está tomada de Isaías, del cual se toman todas las lecciones de la Escritura hasta Navidad; porque, observa Durando, de adventu loquitur apertius quam aliquis alius propheta. De él se toma también el texto de buena parte de las antífonas y de los responsorios de este tiempo, muy numerosos y de los más elaborados de todo el breviario.

Entre éstos era justamente famoso en la Edad Media por su lírica expresión el responsorio Aspiciens a longe, del…

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Pope St. Pius X’s “Prophecy for France”



I am most grateful to a friend from Belgium who, while reading the works of Pope St. Pius X, stumbled upon the great saint’s “Prophecy for France” in which we at “Ste. Jehanne et Ste. Thérèse,” indeed, at “Le Royaume,” our parent site, also place our hope. May “Le Royaume de France Catholique” (the Kingdom of Catholic France) be restored soon under the Great French Monarch who will work with a holy Pope to defeat the enemies of God and restore the Catholic Church, Catholic Culture, and all of Catholic Civilization.

Read more about St. Pius X’s “Prophecy for France” at The Angelus Online.

Pope St. Pius X

The allocution Vi Ringrazio (Nov. 29, 1911)9

“What shall I say to you now, dear sons of France, who groan beneath the weight of persecution? The people who made an alliance with God at the baptismal font of Rheims will repent…

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Four Medieval texts for Michaelmas

From the Clerk of Oxford


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Getting to Know Saint Junípero Serra, OFM [Video]

September 23: Pope Francis will canonize the Father of California, Junipero Serra

Dating God

serrasmallWithin the next day, Pope Francis will celebrate the canonization mass of Fr. Junípero Serra, OFM, the Franciscan friar who founded the California missions in the 18th Century. Though many may have heard something about the controversy surrounding his cause for canonization, namely his alleged mistreatment of native peoples, few know much more if anything about him. Thanks to the efforts of the scholarly society Academy of American Franciscan History, a video was produced and recently released providing the foundational details of the life and story of Serra. Take a look to learn more from the experts and historians.

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The Winchester Psalter

Twelfth century, St Swithun’s Priory, private item

  The vision of hell is spectacular

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