Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Aspect ratio edition)

This is the altar of the Blessed Sacrament in the Twelve Apostles Basilica next to the Biblicum. It’s run by the Conventual Franciscans. I like to kneel just here at the altar rail as it is just here that I prayed in preparation to be ordained a deacon. But there’s more. It is at this altar that I prayed to get through my studies with the help of St Joseph of Coopertino, the flying saint. He did. That involved a similar path, in detail, right down to professors and chapter 15 of Luke, again and again. I never did have his aspect ratio, however, flying around as in the painting above, since I can’t count extreme sports as a kid. I’m happy to always see flowers at the tabernacle throughout the decades. I’m sure He gives those right to His mama. After all, it is this Basilica that hosts the preached novena to the Immaculate Conception every year. The Franciscans prayed for Pius IX to proclaim the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, even as the Jesuits next door prayed for it to somehow be stopped. We know what happened. Haha.

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2 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Aspect ratio edition)

  1. Nan

    Cupertino.
    Today we had our Thomas Sunday potluck. Three seminarians joined us. They have a class requiring them to go to a different liturgy, whether culturally different or another rite, and came to visit today.

  2. pelerin

    Another magnificent altar – how wonderful that these Italian altars you have shown have not been modernised. I love the connection with the Immaculate Conception. My young Parish Priest was ordained on the feast of the Immaculate Conception – the only Priest I have known to have this day as his anniversary. I don’t know if he had a choice of days – other priests I have known seemed to have had their anniversaries in May or June – but I like to think that Fr B was able to choose this date and had his reasons for doing so.

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