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For Pentecost

For Pentecost, is it worth remembering that the burden of the Holy Spirit is an honor and a danger. Every one of the Apostles except St. John the Evangelist died a martyr’s death.

  1. Peter was crucified upside down
  2. James the Great (Son of Zebedee) was beheaded
  3. James the Younger was cast off the Southeast pinnacle of the Temple. When the 100 foot drop did not fully kill him, he was beaten to death with clubs.
  4. Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross after being scourged. He preached to his tormentors to his last breath.
  5. Bartholomew had his skin flayed off
  6. Jude Thaddeus was shot through with arrows
  7. Simon the Zealot was crucified
  8. Phillip was beheaded
  9. Thomas was stabbed to death with a spear
  10. Matthias was stoned then beheaded.
  11. Matthew was killed with a sword
  12. John the Evangelist was thrown into a vat of boiling oil. When he miraculously survived he was sent to prison on the Isle of Patmos where he died years later.
  13. Mark was dragged to death by horses.
  14. Luke was hanged to death
  15. Paul was beheaded

The blog for the Archdiocese of Washington is the source for this list, and the following meditation:

What will you suffer for handing on the faith? The martyrs went to death to proclaim Christ but some us cannot bear if some one merely raises an eyebrow at us or scoffs. Merely being less popular or excluded from  the world’s admiration is too high a price for many. The next time you recite the Creed at Mass remember those words are written with blood. The next time you kids protest going to Church or your teenager scorns the faith you insist they practice, remember that others have faced far more formidable does than an unhappy child. The next time you are challenged for your faith and merely have to  risk ridicule, remember others suffered (and still suffer) prison. Many were (and still are) killed for it.

Good words!


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From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

At Saul (Sabhall), St. Patrick received the summons to his reward on 17 March, 493. St. Tassach administered the last sacraments to him. His remains were wrapped in the shroud woven by St. Brigid’s own hands. The bishops and clergy and faithful people from all parts crowded around his remains to pay due honour to the Father of their Faith. Some of the ancient Lives record that for several days the light of heaven shone around his bier. His remains were interred at the chieftan’s Dun or Fort two miles from Saul, where in after times arose the cathedral of Down.

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Today is Memorial Day, when we remember the ultimate sacrifices given by the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and coast guard.  Many other blogs have videos and tributes today. The American Battle Monuments Commission has some moving tributes to service members who gave their lives overseas. Today is a good day to remember four men who took John 15:13 to heart:

The Four Immortal Chaplains

Four Chaplains Stained Glass Window from the Pentagon

At 0100 hours on 3 February 1943, the USAT Dorchester troop transport was torpedoed by German submarine U-223 approximately 100 miles west of Greenland. The Dorchester was severely damaged, and eyewitnesses report the ship sinking in the icy waters of the North Atlantic in less than 30 minutes.  Hundreds died instantly when the torpedoes exploded, others were trapped below the deck, and many were lost to exposure in the 34 °F (1 °C) seas. A total of 675 persons were lost, with only 229 survivors, making it the third largest loss at sea of its kind for the United States during World War.

Four Chaplains Window, Fort Snelling, MN

Aboard the Dorchester were the four chaplains: Lt. George L. Fox, a Methodist preacher and WWI veteran from Waits, VT; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, a rabbi from York, PA; Lt. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister from Schenectady, NY; and Lt. John P. Washington, a Catholic priest from Elizabeth, NJ. All four volunteered for the Corps of Chaplains after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The four first met in November 1942 while attending Chaplain’s School at Harvard University. Prior to joining the Army, Rabbi Goode, Reverend Poling and Father Washington had all served as leaders in the Boy Scouts of America.

Four Chaplains Window, West Point

After the torpedoes struck, the four chaplains quickly spread out among the soldiers.  They tried to calm the frightened, tend the wounded and guide the disoriented toward safety. The chaplains prayed and encouraged the others.

One witness, Private William B. Bednar, found himself floating in oil-smeared water surrounded by dead bodies and debris. “I could hear men crying, pleading, praying,” Bednar recalls. “I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.”

When there were no more life jackets in the storage lockers, Engineer Grady Clark saw the chaplains removed theirs and give them to four frightened young men.  As the boat sank, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains together with arms linked and hearing them pray together.

As I swam away from the ship, I looked back. The flares had lighted everything. The bow came up high and she slid under. The last thing I saw, the Four Chaplains were up there praying for the safety of the men. They had done everything they could. I did not see them again. They themselves did not have a chance without their life jackets.
– Grady Clark, survivor

Each chaplain posthumously received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross. The Chaplains Award for Heroism was authorized by Congress, and posthumously presented to the families by President Eisenhower on 18 January 1961. It ranks just below the Congressional Medal of Honor, this nation’s highest medal for valor. The Four Chaplains are remembered in stained glass in the Pentagon (top stained glass window), Fort Snelling, MN (middle window) and at West Point (lower window, above).

Four Chaplains StampThe chaplains were also honored with a stamp, issued in 1948 and by an act of Congress designating February 3 as “Four Chaplains Day.”

For more on the Four Chaplains, see:

Thanks to all who served and sacrificed.

heir voices could also be heard offering prayers.

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The Ascension

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to [the disciples], was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs. (Mark 16 – 19:20)

Stained Glass Window from the Chapel of St. Michael and St. Gabriel (The Adoration Chapel) at Holy Trinity Church in Westminster, Colorado.

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Recently, the Remodeling Committee has been looking at stained glass. We’re going to need some beautiful stained glass windows to make our new design work. On top of the artistic challenge, the windows also have a challenge of being close to the viewer (eye level) instead of some distance away.

According to an expert consulting with the committee, the best stained glass windows in Colorado are at Sacred Heart Parish in Peetz Colorado.  Peetz is located in Logan County in the northeast corner of of the state, on Highway 113 and on the rail line between Sterling Colorado and Sydney Nebraska. Peetz is home to 200 souls, and is the “Biggest Town for it’s Size in the State“.

Sacred Heart in PeetzSacred Heart Church (shown above) isn’t big – in fact, it now seems to be a mission from Saint Anthony’s in Sterling Colorado. But Sacred Heart has a set of beautiful stained glass windows designed and donated by European artist Bradi Barth. Born in Switzerland and working from Belgium, Ms. Barth perfected a medieval Flemish style that works well for this space.

Bradi Barth Stained Glass in Peetz ColoradoTom Noel’s history of the parish describes the church and windows:

Omer V. Foxhoven, pastor from 1962 to 1965, presided over the 1963 dismantling of the old frame church and construction of a modern, red brick church in 1964, the parish’s fiftieth anniversary.

The new $68,000 parish home, designed by architect Henry De Nicola, showcased six stained glass windows by the noted Belgian artist, Bradi Barth. Miss Barth worked bits of local color into her stained glass compositions: The creation scene includes the cat who became her constant companion as she worked, while the Coronation window includes in the background the old frame church of Peetz.

The Coronation window is on the far right of the four shown above. Click the image to visit the Sacred Heart web page about the windows.

The next question is, “How can we get to Peetz to see these?”

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Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Phot...The folks at Holy Family Cathedral, the mother church for the Diocese of Tulsa Oklahoma, are wrapping up a remodeling project that they starting in 2006. They’ve been tracking their progress on a blog too – theirs is called Haec Est Domus Domini. The current project includes rebuilding the cathedral spires (replacing wood with metal), a new copper roof, a complete renovation of the chapel, and a new vibrant paint scheme.

Holy Family’s founding families invested in providing a beautiful house for the Lord. Here’s a view of some of the original Stained Glass Windows – “The Crucifixion” (click for more):

Holy Family was erected in 1914, and was remodeled several times over the years. Here’s the 1930’s look:

Holy Family Tulsa 1930sHere’s a view after the 1948 remodeling. The priests chose an ornate set of stencils for their co-cathedral:

Holy Family Tulsa 1948

Tulsa was elevated to a diocese in 1973. This is a view of the post-Vatican II remodeling and monochrome paint scheme from 1974:

Holy Family Tulsa 1974The remodeling Holy Family has restored the noble beauty of earlier designs. This is a view of the new paint scheme, as completed May 2008 (not yet stenciled):

Holy Family Tulsa 2008Plans for the new Chi-Rho stenciling behind the main altar, and the stencils for the Mary and Joseph chapels:Holy Family Tulsa - Stencil PatternsNew Stenciling in the Mary Chapel:

We wish Msgr. Gier, the staff of Holy Family Cathedral and the artisans and workers the best of luck on their project. Follow their remodeling progress on their blog Haec Est Domus Domini. You can find the first posts from June 2006, including a quick history of the parish, by clicking here.

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St. Pius X

Stained Glass Window depicting St. Pius X.
Dimensions: 21 1/2 inches width, 29 1/4 inches height.
From a suppressed church in Philadelphia.
via King Richard’s Religious Artifacts

On his Catholic Sacred Arts blog, writer Hugh J. McNichol makes a point about reclaiming what is ours:

Building a Church…let’s buy back our Catholic heritage!

While the American Catholic Church is shifting in the demographic distribution of its Catholic population, careful consideration and reintegration of sacred spaces materials and accessories should always be a primary concern. In a ever conscious eco-friendly world, the Catholic Church needs to reconstitute its sacred materials into new and renovated sacred spaces as an ecological message to the world, and as a gesture of good financial stewardship. Faithful Catholics that struggled and provided the financial resources to provide for our older parishes never imagined their donation, intended for perpetual memorial, to find new homes as designer accessories or surplus architectural details.

As we begin to acknowledge our Catholic architectural and artistic heritage, it is time to design, build and worship in Catholic Churches that identify us as Catholics. Incorporating materials from other Catholic sites as appropriate provides a keen tie to our history in both secular and religious forms.

As a parishioner, I strongly shout to all of those responsible for new Catholic buildings and their planning. Utilize an architectural firm that is knowledgeable of the history of Catholic art and architecture. Plan to reuse materials from suppressed or closed parishes. Remember the truly tangible connection that exists between our Catholic ancestors and their aspirations they left us a spiritual and physical legacy. Incorporate old and new, modern with antique, such integration will allow the parish to experience the physical and historical continuity of an inherited Catholicism.

Read the whole article – it is worth it.

Hmmm… I wonder if Debbie and Larry have any pull with uncle King.

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