Before we get into today’s post, I’d like to say thank you to today’s sponsor: holyart.com. More information on the sponsor will be given later in the post. Now onto the post!
There are quite a few things that go into the Catholic faith: the rituals, the smells, the sounds, the practices, and the visuals.
Let’s take a look at that last one: the visual part of Catholicism.
There are quite a few visual aspects of Catholicism:
- The vestments the clergy wear.
- The candles used during Mass.
- The design of a church’s tabernacle.
- The design of a monstrance.
- The design of the crucifix at the front of a church.
- The design of the altar.
- The design of the baptismal font.
- The stained-glass windows in certain church buildings.
- The colors associated with the liturgical seasons, holy days, and feast days.
- The statues of Jesus, Mary, and other saints.
- The rosary and other prayer aids.
- The relics of saints.
- The statues or figurines families/individuals can have in their homes.
- The architecture of church buildings.
- And the list could go on.
I think these visual aspects of our faith serve a purpose.
They can help us to not get distracted. They can help us to remember we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. They can help us remember why we practice the faith. They can help us to remember that we’re not alone. They can help us connect with our faith more.
And I have some favorite Catholic visuals.
- Stained-glass windows. These windows are works of art and took a lot of time and effort to complete. And I think they can tell a story in a unique way. Not only that, but I think they can add beauty to church buildings (especially in older styles of church buildings).
- Statues or figurines in a home. These have gained a place on the list because of a more personal reason. I tend to forget about/not think of certain aspects of my faith life when I’m not in prayer or at church. So having a statue or figure at home could help me (or someone like me). These statues/figurines could serve as a reminder to (re)connect with a certain part of our faith. And I’m sure there are different styles of statues and different people/angels/etc the figurines could be modeled after.
- The use of incense. There’s something special about using incense in either Mass or Adoration. These prayers/rituals are special and holy as they are. But when incense is brought in, another special element of our faith is present. And I enjoy when we use the incense. The smell. The use of the thurible. It serves as a reminder of how special Mass and Adoration are.
- The use of oil in the Anointing of the Sick. To date, I’ve received the Anointing of the Sick on three different occasions. And one of my favorite things about this particular sacrament is the use of the oil. The oil is placed in the form of the cross on the palms of both hands and on the forehead of the person receiving the sacrament. I’m not certain of the reason we use oil in this sacrament, but I think this physical/visual aspect of it makes it a little more special.
Earlier in the post, I mentioned people having religious items in their homes.
And this may be something that you’d like to do. A good place to start looking for religious items for the home is holyart.com.
Holyart is a Catholic site that is specifically for their brand of religious items. They are based in Italy and some of the countries they sell/work in are Italy, the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, and the US. The products they have on their site include (but are not limited to) crosses, statues, sacred icons and books, tapestries, monastery products, liturgical accessories, and more.
I’ve looked at the site a few times, and their products appear to be good quality. But since I personally haven’t ordered one of their products, I can’t 100% back that up.
I’d recommend checking out their site if you’re interested in purchasing something for yourself, your family, or your parish.
Thank you, again, to Holyart for sponsoring this post.
And I’ll see you guys next week!