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Exhibit of Vatican Splendors at The Franklin Institute Philadelphia, PA

My family and I went to the Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  called, Vatican Splendors at The Franklin Institutethis weekend. 

Below are some of the photo we were able to take.

A little about the exhibit:

See more than 200 works of art and historically significant objects that together form a great mosaic of the history of the Roman Catholic Church and its impact on art, history, and culture. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, embark on a journey through the ages of artistic expression and religious iconography.
It also provides insight into Emperor Constantine’s declaration in 312 A.D. that Christianity would be legal. As a result, Roman Christians no longer had to practice their faith in secret, and Christian art began to flourish.
Reliquary of Saints Peter, Paul, Anne, Joseph, and Others
LEGO® Vatican Model decorated for Christmas at The Franklin Institute Play
LEGO® Brick Vatican Model at The Franklin Institute gets ready for Christmas
Votive Lamp Given by Saint John Paul II in 1988
Statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Marble Urn of Trebellena

The Tour starts off with a Lego Model of The Sistine Chapel made by a Father Robert Joseph Simon

Read more about this model and Father Bob at:

This model of a soldier stands beside the Doors.






Sorry, I lost the caption for this mosaic of Mary and Jesus





POPE JOHN PAUL the II and Mother Teresa

Here's the Exhibit page at the Franklin Institute's site:

Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, Friday, February 5th

Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, 
usually said on Tuesday & Friday 


Start with the sign of the Cross, 
THE APOSTLE'S CREED, THE OUR FATHER,  3 HAIL MARY's,  Glory be to the Father, and the O my Jesus.

The First Sorrowful Mystery is the Agony in the Garden, when his trusted friends, the Apostles fell asleep, leaving him all alone (Mark 14:32-42).
Our Father -10 Hail Marys - Glory be to the Father - O My Jesus

The Second Sorrowful Mystery is the Scourging at the Pillar at the order of Pontius Pilate (John 19:1-6).
Our Father -10 Hail Marys - Glory be to the Father - O My Jesus

The Third Sorrowful Mystery is the Crowning of Thorns (John 19:1-6).
Our Father -10 Hail Marys - Glory be to the Father - O My Jesus

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery recalls Jesus' Carrying of the Cross (Luke 23:26-27).
Our Father -10 Hail Marys - Glory be to the Father - O My Jesus

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (Matthew 27:33-54).
Our Father -10 Hail Marys - Glory be to the Father - O My Jesus
 Hail Holy Queen   &  sign of the Cross

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Presentation of the Lord, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Presentation of the Lord 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany (January 6), the observance of Christ’s birth, and the gala procession in honor of his Presentation in the Temple 40 days later—February 15. (Under the Mosaic Law, a woman was ritually “unclean” for 40 days after childbirth, when she was to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice—her “purification.” Contact with anyone who had brushed against mystery—birth or death—excluded a person from Jewish worship.) This feast emphasizes Jesus’ first appearance in the Temple more than Mary’s purification.

The observance spread throughout the Western Church in the fifth and sixth centuries. Because the Church in the West celebrated Jesus’ birth on December 25, the Presentation was moved to February 2, 40 days after Christmas.

At the beginning of the eighth century, Pope Sergius inaugurated a candlelight procession; at the end of the same century the blessing and distribution of candles which continues to this day became part of the celebration, giving the feast its popular name: Candlemas.

In Luke’s account, Jesus was welcomed in the temple by two elderly people, Simeon and the widow Anna. They embody Israel in their patient expectation; they acknowledge the infant Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Early references to the Roman feast dub it the feast of St. Simeon, the old man who burst into a song of joy which the Church still sings at day’s end.

“Christ himself says, ‘I am the light of the world.’ And we are the light, we ourselves, if we receive it from him.... But how do we receive it, how do we make it shine? ...[T]he candle tells us: by burning, and being consumed in the burning. A spark of fire, a ray of love, an inevitable immolation are celebrated over that pure, straight candle, as, pouring forth its gift of light, it exhausts itself in silent sacrifice” (Paul VI).


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