The Last Gospel. What once was recited by the priest in the sacristy after Mass has now been added right after the Final Blessing for the faithful to join in.
The beginning of John is read, and reading, once again, that “the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us” reminds us of the Holy Communion we just received. Jesus was no more made flesh back at the nativity than He is for us today in the Eucharist.
It’s the same Jesus, fully present.
Recited under the epic, huge statues of angels holding up an image of the Holy Family with St. Ann. In the image, a ray of light is alighting on Jesus and illuminating the women; “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men: and the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Motherhood, like in the Final Blessing image, is exalted. Ann raising Mary. Mary raising Jesus. Families take heart and know that all the graces necessary to love your children well are obtained through the Mass.
The Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us. He continues to do so every day.
The church in this painting is a simple the side altar in St. Mary Major in Rome, Italy. Every side altar has a pair of angels and they are each crafted differently. It’s amazing.
Painted as an illustration for Kimberly Fries’ book: Traditional Latin Mass: A Missal for Children found here: https://amzn.to/3FnasK0
(For the Latin Mass loving Catholics checking for Churches to go to, Rome is amazing. I don’t think they ever say Mass at this altar, because it’s a side altar, but it’s also the oldest church dedicated to Mary. 100% worth the visit.)
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