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Art of Redemption 2: Henri Matisse, The Way of the Cross

Friday, April 29, 2011
Henri Matisse's 'The Way of the Cross' is in the Rosary Chapel, Vence, France. The chapel was solemnly consecrated on 25 June 1951. It belongs to the Dominican sisters who run a home of convalescence in Vence which is in the hills high above the city of Nice. The architect and decorator of the chapel was Henri Matisse. On the day of its consecration a crowd consisting of religious, clergy, and a great number of journalists was waiting impatiently outside the door. Finally, the local bishop opened the doors, and the crowd entered. The ones who entered were amazed by the light flowing in through the stained glass windows in yellow, green, and blue. On the right hand side, a beautiful painting covering the whole wall showed Mary and the Child surrounded by clouds. It was painted with black ink on white tiles, and the colours from the windows added life to the image. At the far end stood the altar in sand stone, and behind this, another stained glass window called “The Tree of Life”. To the left they could admire the choir for the sisters, and on the right, another enormous painting, this one of Saint Dominic. Everything was made by Matisse, not only the paintings and the windows, but also the altar, the choir, and the crucifix. Even the volume and shape of the chapel were designed by the artist, nothing had escaped his hand, and all who entered the place were touched by its beauty. Until they turned and saw the Way of the Cross! Read more

Art of the Redemption 1: Hæc dies

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Sunday - The Relevance of the Resurrection

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Readings: Acts 10:34a. 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9  Read more

The Vigil of Easter

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Readings: Genesis 1:1—2:2; Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10 Read more

Good Friday

Friday, April 22, 2011
Readings: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1:19:42 Read more

Holy Thursday: Washing Away our Daily Sins (John 13:1-15)

Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Stations of the Cross: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Br. Robert Verrill OP gives a reflection on the Eleventh Station of the Cross-Jesus is nailed to the cross- in a video specially pre-recorded for Godzdogz.

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Stations of the Cross: Simon Of Cyrene Carries the Cross

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Br. Mark Davoren OP gives a reflection on the Fifth Station of the Cross-Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross- in a video specially pre-recorded for Godzdogz. Read more

Stations of the Cross

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Stations of the Cross: Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Monday, April 18, 2011

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