Part Two – The Glory of Byzantium
Part One – Painting Paradise
An interesting 3-part series by BBC4 on Ancient Christian Art, with good views of some rarely-seen early Christian art. Although the perspective of art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon is western and secular—sometimes ill-informed—the overall tone is respectful. Worthwhile just to see the art.
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! ~ Psalm 118:24
O Thou Who Camest From Above
O Thou Who camest from above,
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
Upon the mean altar of my heart.
There let it for Thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
[or, Unquenched, undimmed, in darkest days,]
And trembling to its source return,
In humble prayer and fervent praise.
Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
To work and speak and think for Thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,
And still stir up Thy gift in me.
Ready for all Thy perfect will,
My acts of faith and love repeat,
Till death Thy endless mercies seal,
And make my sacrifice complete.
Sung by the choir of Rochester Cathedral
“Using art and technology, image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.)”
“Et in terra pax hominibus” (And on earth peace to all men) from Gloria In D RV 539 by Vivaldi.
“At 20 weeks, we now know, these tiny creatures can hear, even recognize a mother’s voice. Their toenails are growing and their hearts beat loud enough to be heard by a stethoscope.”
Pass it on.
Father Paul Nicholson on Holy anger.