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The great tradition of holy Romanian icons

The great tradition of holy Romanian icons

Sacred Romanian icons are derived from ancient Byzantine tradition. It is a way of interpreting the sacred representation closer to western sensitivity compared to other forms of art of the same kind. Used colours are generally warm and intense, the outlines of a mobile and […]

The dove in Christian iconography

The dove in Christian iconography

Even before the birth of Jesus, the dove was considered an animal with a strong symbolic value. For the Greeks was a symbol of love and a messenger of the goddess Aphrodite. In Egypt, it was used as a shipping bird, to send messages. Among […]

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the highest and most evocative points within the Catholic Christian religion. Its symbolic and spiritual value is immense, as is the exact moment in which God held out his hand to men and gave them […]

Pope Francis’s tips for Lent

Pope Francis’s tips for Lent

Lent is the liturgical period preceding Easter and, in a sense, it allows the faithful to prepare for its celebrations. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, and is characterised by fasting and penance, prayer and charity, in a path of purification […]

How to pray the rosary – 10 important steps

How to pray the rosary – 10 important steps

The crown of the rosary is formed by grains held together by a wire or a cord. Each bead of the rosary symbolises an invocation and a Christian prayer. It is therefore a valuable tool to accompany and articulate the prayers of the faithful, and […]

10 tips for organising a First Communion

10 tips for organising a First Communion

First Communion is a very important and valuable moment in the life of the young faithful and for their family. In fact, this is the first time that the child is permitted to receive the Eucharist, after a long process of catechesis. First Communion can […]

Commemorate the painful journey of Christ through the Way of the Cross

Commemorate the painful journey of Christ through the Way of the Cross

The Via Crucis or Way of the Cross, traces the Passion of Christ and his path towards Mount Golgotha to be crucified. Pilgrims visiting Jerusalem since ancient times celebrated this ritual: they covered the route from Pilate Palace to the mountain and to the Holy […]

Using incense in liturgy

Using incense in liturgy

The smell of incense has always been tied to the field of spirituality and ritual, not only in the Catholic Christian religion, but in all religions. The act of burning incense, precious material, reserved for altars of the gods and for the table of the […]

The first sacrament of a youth faithful: Baptism

The first sacrament of a youth faithful: Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament that the young faithful approaches. It is a time of great celebration for the whole family, with which it celebrates its entrance into a fuller life, accompanying him in his first steps to the discovery of spirituality. Like any celebration, […]

Give voice to your faith with prayer rings

Give voice to your faith with prayer rings

Prayer is a moment of absolute intimacy that every believer experiences in a unique and personal way. It comes from a movement of the soul, a need of the heart, and marks the day alongside and intertwined with commitments, thoughts, and daily vicissitudes. The hectic […]

The Fatebenefratelli: the friars of the Order of St. John of God Hospital

The Fatebenefratelli: the friars of the Order of St. John of God Hospital

Fatebenefratelli is the popular term used for the monks belonging to the Hospital Order of St. John of God. The name comes from the Italian phrase: “Do good to yourselves, brothers, for love of God” with which St John of God, founder of the order, […]

How to use an oil lamp completely safely: 5 tips

How to use an oil lamp completely safely: 5 tips

The use of oil lamps is very old. It dates back to Greek civilisation, and is also documented in the Mediterranean regions by the Phoenicians or the Romans, already many centuries before the birth of Christ. In ancient times, oil lamps were simple flat containers […]