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Bishop Denis J. Madden, Baltimore's urban vicar, followed by Deacon Paul Mann, re-enacts a procession first performed by Baltimore's first bishop, John Carroll.
Woodworker James Adajian (background) is using traditional tools to return sculpted angels to their former glory.
posted on 11/03/2006 8:03:12 AM PST
(Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to Heaven. St. Rose of Lima)
It is beautiful, isn't it?
posted on 11/03/2006 8:09:22 AM PST
(Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
I visited this Basilica in Baltimore once years ago when I was a kid. I thought it was very impressive at the time. I'm not sure what these restorations did to the feeling of the building though.
The fact that the article said that the Basilica now "calls to mind the simplicity of a country church or Quaker meetinghouse," makes me kind of nervous. I like lots of natural light and all...but still.
posted on 11/03/2006 8:10:30 AM PST
(Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
posted on 11/03/2006 8:10:36 AM PST
(Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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