Many art historians say: El Greco was a pioneer Modern painter.
I have no interest in this thesis. El Greco is an L.R.S. Hall-of-Famer by his own merits. He is the greatest painter ever. He is in a class by himself.
I have to admit that I never noticed that St. Mary Magdalene is in El Greco’s Saint Peter in Penitence. She is rushing from the empty tomb, with the angel behind her. (Just to the left of St. Peter’s right elbow.)
(FYI: El Greco painted this subject at least six times. The Phillips Collection houses one.)
…Had enough Christmas sentimentality? Check out this hard-nosed Epiphany poem by another L.R.S. Hall-of-Famer…
…Speaking of Epiphany, it is a good day to mark your calendars with the most important days of the year. Click here, and scroll down to page 3.
Also, here is a homily for the Solemnity, with a little something thrown in for the Feast of the Holy Name:
When the wise men arrived in Bethlehem, they learned something they did not yet know.
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Who made this week holy?
We human beings do not have the authority to consecrate a week.
Human authorities can designate federal holidays, Cherry Blossom festivals, tax-due dates, and such things. But no government can make a week—or even a day—holy.
It is not easy for us human beings even to know when Holy Week is. Sometimes it starts in March, sometimes in April. The ancient Romans invented the months. But Holy Week is more primordial than the months.
God made Holy Week. He sanctified this particular week not once, not twice, but three times.
The Lord first sanctified this week when He made the world. Holy Week is when God originally created everything.
Then He sanctified this week again when He led His people out of slavery. This is the week when the angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites. It is the week when Moses led them out of Egypt, and the Red Sea parted before them.
Finally, the Lord came in the flesh and sanctified this week a third time.
He went to Jerusalem to offer His life as a sacrifice. He consecrated this week forever by sprinkling it with His own Blood.