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Musician, Singer and Composer Saints

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Isaac Olsen has provided a list of saints who were musicians in one way or another.

He shares his table of saints, the years they lived, and their particular musical contribution over at New Liturgical Movement.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Depicting the Stars and Planets, St. Alban’s style

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Those following the development of the St. Albans School of Sacred Art may be interested in this article from the Medieval Manuscripts Blog that gives an overview of how the stars and planets were depicted in the Middle Ages.

Cool stuff, check it out.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Art and the Mystical Love of Christ

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For most people, Baroque art is just a footnote in art history, one of the many artistic movements that have had their time in the spotlight of human history.

But it is actually much more than that. After the Protestant Reformation, which saw many churches stripped of their imagery, the Church called upon artists to support the doctrines and dogmas of the faith. They responded in a marvelous way.

Baroque art has been called the art of the Counter-Reformation and it played a part in re-establishing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the hearts of the faithful.

Learn how artists portrayed even abstract concepts such as “mystical love” in Elizabeth Lev’s latest article for Aleteia

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

A History of Sacred Music

 

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Music in our churches is a difficult thing. Very often the music director’s preferences and need to express themselves artistically get in the way of music that is reverent, uplifting, and reflects the reality of the miracle that occurs at every Catholic Mass.

The history of sacred music is complicated and not without controversy.

“Like most of you, I have my preferences in the area of Church music, but we must be careful not merely to dogmatize them.”

Msgr Charles Pope has given us a thorough review of the history of sacred music. It is an excellent, though longish (3500 words) article. He provides a .pdf link to print out and read at your leisure. He also provides a summary at the end if you just don’t have time to read the whole thing.

Read the whole thing.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The Sistine Chapel of the East

Aleteia has a brief article spotlighting the Voronet monastery in Romania. The walls of the chapel are covered inside and out with frescoes from the 15th century.

These frescoes differ from what we would typically find in orthodox iconography in that the background of the paintings is an ethereal blue rather than the gold leaf one would expect. Indeed blue is the dominant color throughout the building.

If you have never heard of Coronet Monastery, you’re in for a treat.

Take a look.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

In Defense of Angels

Art historian Elizabeth Lev continues her review of counter-reformation art. This time she look at the portrayal of angels in sacred art.

“This thread of visualizing the invisible would become a central theme of the Counter-Reformation, in the Church’s efforts to highlight the invisible, efficacious presence of grace all around us.”

Tale a look.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

A Medieval Anomaly

Have you ever heard of the Caligula Troper? No? How about the Cotton Troper?

A troper is a collection of “tropes” or chants for specific feast days of the Church Calendar. The Caligula Troper is unusual because of its decoration and artistic style. Is something completely unexpected for an 11th century manuscript.

The Medieval Manuscript Blog has the details, take a look.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

The Creative Catholic: Fr. George W. Rutler

“The writer, like any artist, is called to bring people closer to God through beauty expressed, truth told, and virtue taught. Simple as that.”

K.V. Turly has another great  interview with a Catholic author over at Catholic World Report. This time with Fr. George Rutler.

Check it out.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Death Comes for the War Poets

Opening this Thursday at the Sheen Center in New York.

This “‘Dramatic Verse Tapestry’ grapples with the horror of trench warfare as experienced by two of the greatest poets of the First World War, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Featuring the poetry of Sassoon and Owen, the drama asks: How does one cope with the horror of war? Is there room for hope? And what of the Spirit of Death? Can Death itself be changed?

For more details, click here.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org 

Tombstones of the Knights of Malta

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Take a look at this slideshow, showing some of the marble tombstones of the Knights of Malta that cover the floor of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at www.DeaconLawrence.org