No picture of the partial eclipse of the sun from me although I did ‘see’ it this morning just after 9.30am and took a picture of it on my phone. Mmm. Instead, Pesello’s Celestial Hemisphere, above. This work is painted on the ceiling of the scarsella (a small square apse), in the Old Sacristy of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy.
A close up of Cancer; the Sun and Venus are visible on the ecliptic.
Let me explain.
Because the orbit of the Moon is inclined only about 5° to the ecliptic and the Sun is always very near the ecliptic, eclipses always occur on or near it. Because of the inclination of the Moon’s orbit, eclipses do not occur at every conjunction and opposition of the Sun and Moon, but only when the Moon is near an ascending or descending node at the same time it is at conjunction or opposition. The ecliptic is so named because the ancients noted that eclipses only occurred when the Moon crossed it.
A photograph of an Indian sacristan standing beside the dome of Mission Tumacacori, Arizona, USA, circa 1908. The dome behind him has a short cylindrical bell tower, which is also topped by a dome. The photograph is part of the California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960. The photographer is unknown.
The entrance to the sacristy of the Church of Our Lady of Nazareth (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré) in Nazaré, Portugal. The classical blue and white Portuguese tiles are from the 16th and 17th centuries.
‘It is your face, O Lord, that I seek’ (Entrance Antiphon)
The stained glass window of the Transfiguration of Christ in the Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland, UK. The sacristy is thought to be older than that chapel itself. The window was installed in 1954 in memory of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn. I have posted on Rosslyn Chapel angels, a while ago.
A funeral portrait of St Angela Merici (1474-1540). It is thought to be a copy of the painting by Alessandro Buonvicino (1498 circa – 1554), more commonly known as Il Moretto da Brescia. Painted in 1540, it was believed to have been destroyed in an aerial bombardment during the Second World War. There is a copy in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Desenzano del Garda, in Brescia, northern Italy.
We had the first of our mid-week parish Lenten Stations of the Cross this evening at 7 o’clock. We have Stations through Lent on Sundays at 5pm too, just before the evening Mass at 6pm. I like Lent.
An oil painting of one of the Stations of the Cross found in the sacristy of the Floriana Parish Church, in Floriana, Malta has been restored. The painting had a 10cm long tear and extensive previous in-fills covering part of the original paint layer. It’s deterioration had been put down to the ravages of World War II and amateur restoration attempts.
The season of Lent is expressed in traditional Lenten colours. The window is muted and suggests crosses. We are invited to enter into the seriousness of the Christian journey into the mystery of death and the Resurrection. The window is in the sacristy of St Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Creve Coeur, Missouri, USA.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory! (Gospel Acclamation)
Salve, radix, salve, porta, ex qua mundo lux est orta (Root of Jesse! Gate of morn! Whence the world’s true light was born)
I put this altar cloth on the high altar yesterday, Ash Wednesday. I’m not 100% sure where it came from, possibly the Poor Clares convent in South Woodchester that closed down a few years ago. It’s a couple of lines from Ave, Regina Coelorum (Hail, Queen of Heaven), a prayer used especially after Compline (said or sung) on the Feast of the Purification to Maundy Thursday, exclusively.