Christ the Redeemer - Rose Window and Crucifix
Christ the Redeemer Parish, Houston, Texas USA
Glasswork: Ken vonRoenn; Cross image: Wiktor Szostalo
Architect: Stephen A. Lucchesi, AIA

Reflect on the words spoken to a newly ordained priest as the Bishop presents him with the chalice and paten: “Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate, and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s Cross.As we proclaim the Cross of Christ, let us always strive to imitate the selfless love of the one who offered himself for us on the altar of the Cross, the one who is both priest and victim, the one in whose person we speak and act when we exercise the ministry that we have received. As we reflect on our shortcomings, individually and collectively, let us humbly acknowledge that we have merited the punishment that he, the innocent Lamb, suffered on our behalf. And if, in accordance with what we have deserved, we should have some share in Christ’s sufferings, let us rejoice because we will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed.

—Pope Benedict XVI
Church of the Holy Cross, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Saint Agnes, c. 1624-38

‘St. Agnes’ is one of approximately 417 works of art from the Kaiser Friedrich Museum that was deposited in the Friedrichshain flak tower, or Flakturm, for safekeeping during the Second World War. The painting is presumed to have been destroyed when the tower was burned in May of 1945. (source)


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January 21 is the feast day of Saint Agnes.  She was a young Roman virgin, martyred in the early fourth century, at the age of 12 or 13, for following Christ.  Saint Agnes is an exemplar of chastity and the patron of young girls, engaged couples and gardeners.  She is often pictured with a lamb because her name sounds similar to the Latin word for lamb, agnus.

Prayer to St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

O Little St. Agnes, so young and yet made so strong and wise by the power of God, protect by your prayers all the young people of every place whose goodness and purity are threatened by the evils and impurities of this world.

Give them strength in temptation and a true repentance when they fail.  Help them to find true Christian friends to accompany them in following the Lamb of God and finding safe pastures in His Church and in her holy sacraments.

May you lead us to the wedding banquet of heaven to rejoice with you and all the holy virgin martyrs in Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever.


Saint Agnes, pray for us.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.

  • Mass in C major (1807) - Agnus Dei (Dona nobis pacem)
  • New Philharmonia Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Mass in C major (1807) - Agnus Dei (Dona nobis pacem)

New Philharmonia Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Beethoven wrote his Mass to a commission from Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II in 1807. In fulfilling this commission, Beethoven was extending a tradition established by Joseph Haydn, who following his return from England in 1795 had composed one mass per year for the Esterházy family, to celebrate the name day of the Prince’s wife, Maria Josepha Hermenegilde. Haydn had ceased this tradition with the failure of his health in 1802. Sad to know that Prince Nikolaus did not appreciate this composition. (via Wikipedia)