Friday, March 21, 2008

A couple of historical images

A couple of interesting pictures that came my way today. The first is a historical image from Westminster Cathedral of a Palm Sunday procession taking place in 1919 under the auspices of Cardinal Bourne.

You'll note the presence of folded chasubles.

Catholic scouters may also be interested to know that the boy scout troupe just visible in the background were called "The Cardinal's Own" and evidently had some specific relation to the cathedral. (Source: Solomon, I Have Surpassed Thee)

The next rather impressive image was sent to us from a British reader, taken at the Birmingham Oratory in a previous year (the Oratory of Cardinal Newman) for the meditation upon the seven last words. Apparently it is set up this way each year.

What appears to be a monastrance is actually a reliquary of the True Cross.

I thought I would share these two images now rather than wait. I am still trying to find images from Good Friday in the usus antiquior, particularly from Rome, but possibly elsewhere, so if you have any, please let me know.

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