Monday, June 24, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

On today's Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist (significantly, six months before Christmas Eve), it is fitting to feature a work of art that places the Annunciation to Mary with the Vistiation to St. Elizabeth (the moment when the unborn John first "heralded" the unborn Savior in Mary's womb). This ivory bas-relief is a detail from a work in the Louvre.

Seudo, from Wikimedia Commons [CC by SA 4.0]

Monday, June 17, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

A woodcut Annunciation by Thielmann Kerver, from a book of Hours with hand coloring. (Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.)

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

A study for an Annunciation, executed by the 16th century Italian artist Camillo Boccaccino (from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago).

Monday, June 10, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

With Ordinary Time resuming today, we also resume the prayer of the Angelus after seven festive weeks of singing the Regina Coeli. To commemorate that return to the "ordinary" (even if the liturgical meaning refers to the "ordered sequence" of weeks, rather than the "everyday" quality of things), here is an Annunication set in an "ordinary" English country garden by the popular 19th century artist, Beatrice Emma Parsons. (The original is in the collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art.)

Monday, June 3, 2019

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image

Christ is Risen as He said!

During the Easter season, we traditionally replace the Angelus prayer with the Regina Coeli. And so through Pentecost Call to Prayer: The Angelus Project features images of the Coronation of the Virgin in place of the usual Annunciation.

Coronation of the Virgin by Jacopo del Casentino
Photo Credit: Yale University Art Gallery

From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. Pray for us to God, Alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!

Let us pray:
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

From St Alban's Cathedral (St Albans, England), a detail from the Annunciation window: