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Sub Tuum Praesidium: Exploring Early Christian Heritage

“The Sub tuum praesidium is probably the oldest Christian prayer dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This prayer was long used in both Eastern and Western rites…” Read much more and see a 3rd century papyrus fragment, at the New Liturgical Movement.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus1, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady of Sorrow, by Juan Pascual de Mena, in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Our Lady of Sorrow, by Juan Pascual de Mena, in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Our Lady of Expectation, museum in Toledo, Spain

Our Lady of Expectation, museum in Toledo, Spain

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Mary teaching Jesus to write - attributed to Luis de Morales 1509? - 1586 (mid 16th C), Bilbao

Mary teaching Jesus to write – attributed to Luis de Morales 1509? – 1586 (mid 16th C), Bilbao

A Pieta from the Cathedral in Bilbao.

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The Santiago Cathedral in Bilbao

Spain-163234The cathedral is dedicated to Saint James the Great. It is originally from the 14th-15th century. Notice the shell over the door at the peak of the arch. This was on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

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The facade.

Eucharistic Chapel

Eucharistic Tower

Saint James

Western Gallery

The Main Altar in the Apse

Cathedral Square

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Gazing Heavenward

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

In the Basque area of Spain, in the town of Bilbao, is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Wikipedia says, “The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation selected Frank Gehry as the architect, and its director, Thomas Krens, encouraged him to design something daring and innovative.” The museum has many modern works, including “Puppy” by Jeff Koons, shown below. Sunlight plays over the surfaces of the museum and in the huge atrium.

Puppy by Jeff Koons at the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.

Puppy by Jeff Koons at the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.

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