Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Our liturgical rites: the why...


“The holy founders who first elaborated the form of our rites, considering it wise to organize our sacred hierarchy on the model of the heavenly hierarchies which are not of this world, clothed these immaterial hierarchies in a variety of material symbols and forms in order to represent them to us, so that we might rise in an analogous way from these sacred signs to the simple and ineffable spiritual realities of which they are only the image. It is impossible, as a matter of fact, for our human minds to attain in an immaterial way to the imitation and contemplatioin of the heavenly hierarchies without the use of material means capable of guiding us, proportionate to our nature.’

-Pseudo-Dionysius: Heavenly Hierarchy, I (5th century)

4 comments:

surge said...

Shall there be a prize offered for identifying the Sacred Ministers, or guessing correctly why they are standing in front of a free-standing table, or at what is being pointed?

It is guessed they have just vested from a stone bench (Caelian hill ???) that had white cloths on it to protect the elegant vestments.

Anonymous said...

What exquisite vestments! You really spoil us, thank you so much!

JPSonnen said...

wow, cognosci bene roma! yes, we were on the caelian and they vested on that same table where san gregorio used to feed the poor 1,500 years ago...we were there for a nuptial mass.

JPSonnen said...

yes, these vestments are quality. i'm told that they date between 1870s - 1920s.