11.01.2007

11:1



Today's date offers a great excuse to post an image of Fra Angelico's gleaming masterpiece. The color. The illumination. (Be still, my heart.) And did you know...

All Saints' Day, All Hallows, Hallowmas ("hallows" meaning "saints," and "mas" meaning "Mass"), is a feast celebrated on November 1 or on the first Sunday after Pentecost in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. Halloween is the day preceding it, and is so named because it is "The Eve of All Hallows". All Saints is also a Christian formula invoking all the faithful saints and martyrs, known or unknown. In terms of Catholic theology, the feast remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while the next day, All Souls' Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.




:christ glorified in the court of heaven, fra angelico, 1428-30, tempera on wood - national gallery, london

3 comments:

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Diana: I see you have a section 'My Mother, My Blogs'...are these all yours? Wow.

patricia gray said...

I love your quote of the day!

katiedid said...

Great info! We were just wondering about this at the dinner table last night!
:)