Month: April 2017

The order of the Barefoot Carmelites

The order of the Barefoot Carmelites

The Barefoot Carmelites (or Discalced Carmelites) are nuns whose life is devoted to God by solemn vows. The order was founded in 1560 by a group of nuns following Saint Teresa of Jesus, a charismatic woman and religious figure, who wanted to breathe new life […]

Paschal candle: the light that frees us from darkness

Paschal candle: the light that frees us from darkness

The Christ-Light axiom is one of the most recurring in the Catholic religion. From the origins of the Liturgy, light from lamps and candles was used as symbol of light of the Resurrection of Jesus: a light, which can dissipate the darkness of the darkest […]

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 […]