Saturday, December 27, 2008
Catholic culture: to reverence the "sacred" foot...
In Catholic countries this is sometimes seen: metal feet/foot on a statue. In this manner the faithful can most conveniently kiss or touch the foot in an act of reverence. These cute little feet were on a statue of the Baby Jesus as seen in Rome.
Posted by John Paul Sonnen at 2:30 AM
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In St. Peter's Cathedral Lancaster (in the North of England) there's a large (9' tall, say) wooden statue of St. Peter enthroned with his Keys. He's all wooden and painted black except for his right foot, which is shiny brass because of all the kisses!
My grandmother taught me to kiss the statue's feet. Unfortunately I don't think many people do it nowadays.
Wonderful comments and photographs from the Eternal City! All merry and good wishes of a blessed Christmas and also feast day of St. John. And thank you for your continued apostolic service with your photographs of the churches, people and words from the Catholic realm. Iste est Ioannes qui supra pectus Domini in coena recubuit: beatus Apostolus, cui revelata sunt secreta coelestia.
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