Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Transfiguration of Jesus

The Archbishop's Residence in Ottawa has a lovely reproduction of The Transfiguration of Jesus. It never fails to evoke a strong and positive response from me when I view it (as this feast remains fixed in my memory because on this day in 1978 one of the heroes in my vocational discernment, Pope Paul VI entered into the glory of the Lord that we commemorate in this feast.

The painting by Raphael was begun in 1516 and completed in 1520. It was commissioned in 1515, by Cardinal Giulio de' Medici (the future pope Clement VII), as one of two paintings for the cathedral of S. Giusto of Narbonne, the city of which he had become bishop in.

After Raphael's death in 1520, the cardinal kept it for himself, subsequently donating it to the church of S. Pietro in Montorio where it was placed over the high altar. In 1797, following the Treaty of Tolentino, this work, like many others, was taken to Paris and returned in 1816, after the fall of Napoleon. It then became part of the Pinacoteca of Pius VII (pontiff from 1800 to 1823).

Tradition has it that the mount of Transfiguration was Mt. Tabor (pictured below), near Nain.

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Today is a travel day.

Here are some of the final photos taken at the K of C Supreme Convention: of the Quebec delegation with Bishop St-Gelais and of the Ontario delegation at a reception and meal:

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