Saturday, January 12, 2019

A hidden loveliness, beyond...

"Through all things, by day and by night, in clear light or in darkness, 
let us live like the Magdelen, always under the eyes 
of Unchangeable Beauty... - St Elizabeth of the Trinity

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"In the Eucharist there is a beauty, 
a hidden loveliness, beyond the beauty of all art.  The Lamb of God comes 
to the altar of His Bride in the glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit, invisibly 
escorted by the angels.  Only humble accidents veil the radiance of His flesh. 

Christ is beauty, and He becomes present 
to make us beautiful.  
...Christ in all His matchless beauty is substantially present in the Eucharist, 
and His Church strives to worship that beauty with all the accidental beauty 
of her sacred art - by vestments and vessels, by chant and icons, by the
 consecrated space of her temples.  The bride knows that no human art can 
be worthy of her Spouse, who is the eternal Son and Splendour of the Father.  
... the hidden beauty is always greater than the visible forms."

John Saward
From The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty

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