Saturday, January 15, 2022

Epiphany 2022 Photopost

The feast of the Epiphany celebrates many aspects of Our Lord’s life, and this year’s photopost shows us several different liturgical expressions of this: the blessing of the waters, which remains as popular as ever, and which we see here in both its Roman and Byzantine forms; the blessing of incense; sung Vespers; and the feast of the Holy Family. As always we are grateful to everyone who sent these in, and we wish all of our readers a prosperous and holy New Year, in which we will continue the good work of evangelizing through beauty.

St Mary’s Oratory – Wausau, Wisconsin (ICRSP)
The blessing of the waters
First Vespers of the Epiphany
Redemptoris Mater Chapel – Tyler, Texas
The blessing of the waters
Church of the Sacred Heart – Tolentino, Italy
Nossa Senhora do Rosário – São João del Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Holy Mass, followed by a procession with the image of the Child Jesus, then the Te Deum and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, celebrated by Dom Dirceu de Oliveira Medeiros, newly ordained Bishop of Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil, and former member of the clergy of the diocese of São João Del Rei.
Incense ready for blessing
Mr João Victor Melo, who sends us pictures for almost every photopost, also sent us these of the altar cards at the basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar in Ouro Preto...
and these from the parish of Our Lady of Purification in Santo Amaro da Purificação, Bahia: a statue of today’s Saint, the abbot Maurus, 
and of another Saint, also called Maurus.
Cathedral of St Demetrius the Great Martyr – Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Water celebrated by His Excellency Giogio Gallaro, Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi.
San Nicola – Mezzujuso, Sicily
Blessing of the waters
A dove is sent down a zipline from the choir-loft to the font to represent that descent of the Holy Spirit at the Baptism of Christ.
Iglesia del Salvador – Toledo, Spain
Mass of the feast of the Holy Family

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