Month: January 2017

The value of the pastoral staff in Catholic symbolism

The value of the pastoral staff in Catholic symbolism

The pastoral staff is a symbol of ecclesiastical power, which usually designates the role of the bishop or abbot. It is a long rod with one curved or spiral end, fixed to the support by a collar and by a node. The staff symbolises a […]

Saint Benedict of Norcia: patron of Europe

Saint Benedict of Norcia: patron of Europe

Saint Benedict of Norcia, patron of Europe, protector of monks, speleologists, architects and engineers, was an abbot born in Norcia in Umbria. After completing his studies in Rome, he retired to live as an anchorite first in Subiaco, then in Cassino. There, surrounded by numerous […]

The history of host moulds

The history of host moulds

The tradition of giving consecrated bread a flat, round shape harks back to the end of the fourth century, in the Orient. After the fifth century, such customs also arrived in the West. We should not think, however, that the hosts made then are similar […]

Liturgical bells in religious celebrations

Liturgical bells in religious celebrations

The use of liturgical bells in religious celebrations has very old origins. The bells were certainly known and used by all people in the antiquity, and have even been found in prehistoric tombs. The origins of the liturgical bells, which are still used in religious […]

Our Lady of Providence: the incarnation of all grace

Our Lady of Providence: the incarnation of all grace

The Catholic Church attaches great importance to the figure of Mary, mother of Jesus, the incarnation of all grace. In her is manifested the infinite goodness of Christ, his immense sacrifice for his beloved children. Our Lady of Divine Providence is one of the names […]

A comfortable and functional alternatives to real candles: PVC candles

A comfortable and functional alternatives to real candles: PVC candles

PVC candles are comfortable and functional alternatives to real candles; can also be cheaper and safer than traditional candles made of beeswax, vegetable wax, or paraffin, and their effect in terms of atmosphere and solemnity is not envious of traditional ones. They use glass or plexiglass […]

Liturgical cope: The vestment worn by priests in celebrations

Liturgical cope: The vestment worn by priests in celebrations

The liturgical cope is a vestment worn by priests in celebrations that take place outside of Mass or outside of the church itself. In fact, during Mass the celebrant only wears the chasuble. The liturgical cope is instead used in processions, Eucharist benedictions, vespers and […]