Over @ La Dolce Vita you will find a wonderful post. Bia shares a beautiful idea.
I have the votives and the mantle . . . . Now I just need to get the photos up on my mantle!
As I searched for appropriate graphics I found such wonderful art and information! I had to share!
Norwalk Stations of the Cross
These Stations were painted by David O'Connell (1898-1976) and hung in the church in Chichester in the early 1960s.
Father Jonathan Martin, while at St Richard's, wrote this description:
"It has to be said that this particular set of the Stations of the Cross is not everyone's "cup of tea". The style of these paintings is quite different from the style of the Stations that usually adorn the walls of our churches. There is an apparent inaccessibility about that demands a certain amount of time and energy on the part of the onlooker. But time spent lingering over each painting will be repaid.
"The distinctive style of O'Connell's work, the "scored canvas", if you like, powerfully conveys the brutality and violence associated with the last journey of Christ. It peaks at the Crucifixion, and then, as Christ alone hangs on the cross, the freneticism subsides and a kind of exhausted tranquility takes over."
(Taken with permission from The Stations of the Cross a booklet by Fr Jonathan Martin, 1999.
The Stations of the Cross series was a commissioned work for St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Forest Grove, Oregon, just outside Portland.
The commission was a wonderful project for me both artistically and spiritually. The Stations of the Cross have traditionally been used as a visual means of following in the footsteps of Christ's Passion, and as such is used as a spiritual tool by church goers.
I spent two months working on the initial drawings and compositions, and another three months painting the 14 watercolors below. The installation was held in February of 2005.
At the beginning of 2008, a Catholic church volunteer in Malaysia emailed me, requesting permission to use these images on the church Web site, noting that she "finds [the artwork] very unusual." I granted them this permission, and thus began a very unexpected blessing that has come out of the painting of the Stations. Since that first request, many more requests have come in from all over the world. Go to my Out and About page to see a listing of Geographic Locations where requests have come from.
In order to gain permission for use of my images, I require a description of the project in written form. If I feel that the request meets the use for which these paintings were intended, then I will send an electronic use agreement that the requesting party needs to agree to. I ask that a written request be made for each project.
Stations of the Cross, St Gregory's Church
More history and geography in photographs HERE - http://www.thecross-photo.com/The_Way_of_the_Cross.htm
The Vatican -- only one graphic in my quick perusal --- excellent source (obviously!)
and the USCCB -- JPJII 1991
Prayers and Direction
Order of St Benedict -- beautiful, prayerful and poetic (no graphics)
Baltimore Basilica - Baltimore, MD
Church of the Nativity - Atherton, CA
Dominican Monastery - Detroit, MI
Holy Trinity - Georgetown, Washington, DC
Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe, NM
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - Childs, MD
Old Sacred Heart Cathedral - Detroit, MI
Our Lady of Consolation, Basilica and National Shrine - Carey, OH
Upper Church - Lower Church
Our Lady of the Rosary - San Diego, CA
Pictures & Prayers from an old Bible
St. Andrew - Roanoke, VA
St. Anne - Mackinac, MI
St. Francis of Assisi - Triangle, VA
St. Maria in Transpontina - Rome, Italy
St. Martin de Porres - Peoria, IL
St. Matthew's Cathedral - Washington, D.C.
St. Mary's - Emmitsburg, MD
St. Peter's - Bricktown, NJ
St. Raphael's - Bethesda, MD
St. Térèsa of Lisieux - National Shrine - Royal Oak, MI