Friday, October 11, 2013

Italy Picture of the Week

Every time I saw a depiction of the Annunciation, my camera came out (except for a couple of places where the "no photos" sign was really obvious). It's part of my ongoing side ministry of promoting the praying of the Angelus, morning, noon and evening. After all, one reason the Muslim community is so clear about its identity and core beliefs is that they stop five times a day to remember what matters most to them. And we?

This "Italy Picture of the Week" is from an outside portico wall at Santa Maria in Trastevere (Rome). Like many of the Annunciation scenes I saw this trip, it shows God the Father actively involved in sending His Son to dwell among us:

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Brian Gill said...

Thanks for the photo. I enjoyed seeing a (devotional?) picture from that era.

About identity and reminders: my household's approach is having 'religious art' throughout the house: like the 'Holy Family' carving by my keyboard. Nothing fancy, just constant visual reminders.

Anonymous said...

Like Brian, we, too, have religious art, in the form of framed icon prints, a crucifix over the door and in bedrooms, Bible on the coffee table. I remember the Angelus bells being rung where I grew up, and seeing people pause, heads bowed, to pray. A very lasting impression on a little child.- Jean

Yaya said...

Constant visual reminders keep one close to the Lord and to our Lady. I have never been to Italy but I am sure I would love it as I could walk the streets of Rome and be in Church all day. I hope to be able to make the trip one day and take my mom along.

Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures Sister Anne.

Anonymous said...

My camera also comes out for Annunciation photos for purposes of capturing and promoting the authentic dignity and vocation of women.

Sr Anne Flanagan said...

Fantastic! By the way, Pauline Books & Media recently released a 20th anniversary edition of the document "On the dignity and vocation of woman" with study guide and discussion questions.