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The Creed Made Visible

I have only seen the Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily once, many years ago. But it remains one of the most striking memories I have. Those who have seen it know that the resplendent twelfth century mosaics have brought the Bible to life for generations of Christians.Sandro Magister reports on a project that will be televised, beginning this Sunday, and then made available on You Tube, using the Monreale mosaics as portals to a deeper understanding of the Church's faith.


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Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.



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One of my favorite Guardini quotes is this, from when he visited the basilica of Monreale in 1929: There are different means of prayerful participation. One is realized by listening, speaking, gesturing. But the other takes place through watching. The first way is a good one, and we northern Europeans know no other. But we have lost something that was still there at Monreale: the capacity for living-in-the-gaze, for resting in the act of seeing, for welcoming the sacred in the form and event, by contemplating them.

I think that the Orthodox churches have understood what Guardini was saying long before the Western church has come to this realization.

I believe that on one of Cathedral's towers is a clock that bears the sage caution: "Tuam nescis!"

Yes, that's a great shot of the clock and inscription; and here is a close-up on the apse mosaic of Christ the Pantocrator:

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