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A Beautiful Processional Banner

August 16th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

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I saw this banner in use at Father Scott Caton’s first Mass which was celebrated in the glorious setting of St. Michael’s Church, Rochester. It is such a gorgeous image of The All Holy Mother of God that I had to take a picture of it. I thought it would be nice to post it around the time of the Feast of the Annunciation, or even the Feast of the Assumption for it communicates to me the glorified -deified-  Holy Mother.

The rich patterns, colors, and gold  thread communicate a heavenly environment and a heavenly being. It seems to be one of the basic ways in which humans from all around the world, from the most “primitive” to the most sophisticated, picture the transcendent or state of heavenly bliss. To describe that which cannot be described sensually, humans usually turn to the most sensual or precious.

The floral motif, of course, calls to mind a garden: Eden, Paradise. That is the garden that was lost through the first Eve but reclaimed through the second Eve, Mary, at the Annunciation.

I believe the banner is owned by one of the priest’s who celebrated with Father Caton at the altar.

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2 Responses to “A Beautiful Processional Banner”

  1. avatar Choir says:

    Father B. owns it.


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