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Joseph A. Komonchak December 24, 2012 - 11:49am
[caption id="attachment_22451" align="alignleft" width="578"] From the Perikopenbuch of Henry II, early 12th century[/caption]
A merry and blessed Christmas to you all!
Happy Christmas Eve to all from Claire who is nursing her blisters after opening 55 oyster shells.
Three cheers for Emperor Henry II, the only canonized emperor. Here he is scolding the Romans:When "Emperor Henry II came to Rome for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor, he was surprised that they did not recite the [Nicene] creed. He was told that since Rome had never erred in matters of faith there was no need for the Romans to proclaim it at Mass. However, it was included in deference to the emperor and has pretty much remained ever since . . ."http://www.wf-f.org/NiceneCreed.htmlAnd here is Henry smiting heretics, as portrayed in one of thenlarger window at St. Patrick's Cathedral:http://www.cambridge2000.com/gallery/html/P31819129e.html
Wonderful! This is medieval illumination as the Lord meant it to be. The best period of same, as far as I'm concerned.(I won't even ask about those oysters, and just assume they were part of a self-imposed Advent penance). Merry Christmas, and may the holiday something to heal your hands.
I call upon Dis and Proserpine to devour whoever deleted my post.Merry Christmas!
Thank you all on the blog for your insights and comments. A blessed Christmas as we prepare to go to Mass. Please be careful of you are traveling.
How very Christmasy: smiting heretics.
Don't catch your meaning, Mr. McCrea.
Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.
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