Sunday, May 6, 2018

Photo Essay
The VolksBibel Illustraions

The Volksbibel, 1915 publication

The VOLKSBIBEL 1915 (The People's Bible)
Found in 2018 in Basel, Switzerland

In March 2018 my son Richard who lives and works in Basel Switzerland found this Volksbibel on the "free book" stand in front of a used book store in Basel, Switzerland.  Basel is situated near the border of Switzerland, Germany, and France.

The book is 4 inches thick and 18 inches tall, written in German and contains  35 colored illustrations of the Old and New Testement.  

Cover-Possible translation of the scroll held by Moses:  "Arrive become lobel Jeruselem for your light is coming.  The beauty of the Lord will come upon you."

Isaiah 60:1 RSV "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."

Title Page

List of Illustrations

Old Testement

Adam and Eve

Cain and Abel

Moses and the Pharaoh's Daughter

Parting of the Red Sea

The Tabernacle

Elijah  Praying for Rain

New Testement

Jessus in the Temple, Age 12

John the Baptist and Jesus

Jesus Raises Lazarus

Prodigal Son

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Upper Room

The Crowd  Screaming "Kill Him"

Jesus on Dolores Road

Jesus Carrying Cross

Jesus Stumbling With Cross

Jesus Being Pierced in the Side

Jesus Being Prepared for the Cross

Jesus Lowered from the Cross

Jesus Removed from the Cross

Jesus Prepared for the Tomb

Map 1 
Sinai  and Palestine

Map 2
Journeys of Apostle Paul


Thank  You: To the Tuesday Bible Study group of St. Timothy's Anglican
                          Church for their support and input.
Photos:  Of Illustrations taken by Richard Wilson in March 2018 with his
Captions: In English, assigned by SW.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Chiesa di Sant Angelo, Lugano

Chiesa di Sant Angelo
Lugano, Italy

"The church of Santa Maria degli Angeli is a late Romanesque religious building located in Lugano Centro.

(Front of Sanctuary)
"The church was built from 17 February 1499 [1] . It arose on the initiative of the citizens of the village, in thanksgiving for two important events. In the first place, the church wanted to celebrate the renewed harmony among the citizens after the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, sworn in 1496 in memory of the one stipulated among the Lugano factions in 1445 on the impulse of Fra 'Silvestro da Siena, a disciple of San Bernardino da Siena . Secondly, it was intended to thank the Observant Franciscans for their work of charity during the plague of 1498 [2] .  

(Rear of Sanctuary)

"On the partition is the grandiose " Passion and Crucifixion " by Bernardino Luini(the most famous Renaissance fresco of Switzerland , dated 1529 ). The current high altar is a beautiful eighteenth-century wooden work , from the convent of Santa Croce in Como and donated to the Angioli church in 1839 ." (Link.)


Photos: Taken in March 2018 with an Iphone by Richard Wilson while traveling to Italy from his home in Basel Switzerland where he lives and works.Link:

God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

 Chiesa de Sant' Angelo

Chiesa de  Sant Angelo Roman Catholic Church

"The church of Santa Maria degli Angeli , better known as the church of Sant'Angelo , is a church in the historic center of Milan , a clear example of the Baroque style in the Lombard capital .

"The complex of Santa Maria degli Angeli, consisting of the church of Sant'Angelo and the adjoining convent which is on its right, is today the Milanese seat of the Order of Friars Minor observant of San Francesco , since its foundation on 21 February 1552 [1] .


"There are nineteen noble chapels, eight on each side on the main nave, and three on the transept.... The radiant sun appears in the decoration with the IHS monogram , symbol of Christ diffused by the Franciscan San Bernardino da Siena ....

"The interior of the church has a Latin cross , with a wide single nave along which there are two rows of side chapels.


Prestinari, San Michele Arcangelo defeats the devil (Link 1.)
"The facade of the church of Sant'Angelo is a salient one . It is subdivided into its bands superimposed by a high cornice supported, in the lower part, by columns with Tuscan capitals interspersed with the aforementioned columns, there are three portals , with the central one bigger than the two side ones. The upper fascia of the façade, instead, is decorated by a cornice that recalls a serliana ideally supported by six pilasters with Ionic capitals . Above the central window, within a niche , there is the statue of the Immaculate At the top of the façade there is a triangular pediment with a wrought iron cross. Statues by Gerolamo Prestinari , sculptor active in the Sacred Mountain of Varese complete the decoration In particular, we can see:
  • at the first order, within niches, four statues of Franciscan saints ; among others, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi
  • above the main portal, high relief with St. Michael the Archangel defeats the devil
  • on the balustrade, four statues of saints
  • in the gables of the windows, couple of Monks
  • crowning, Angels
"The church courtyard is decorated with a bronze statue of St. Francis of Assisi talking to birds , a work by Giannino Castiglioni in 1927 ." (Link 1.)


Photos: Taken in March 2018 with Iphone by Richard Wilson while traveling to Italy from his home in                      Basel Switzerland where he lives and works.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena
179 Bow Rd. E3, London, England

Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena 
Catholic Church
London, England

"The Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Catherine of Siena at 179 Bow Road, E3 in Bow, east London. Designed by Gilbert Blount, it opened in 1870. Formerly the parish was run by a community of Dominican nuns, but it is now run by the Archdiocese of Westminster. "(Link 1.)

Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena

A Gothic Revival  Church built for the Dominican Sisters by Gilbert Blount. The church suffered war damage and the nave was reconstructed in facsimile. Several  original early features survived: the high altar,  reredos designed by Blount, and the East window designed by Hardman. (Link 2.)

In 1866 the sisters were sent to Bow to teach and they built the church.  The foundation stone was laid in 1869 and the church opened in 1870.  In 1882 south transept was added as well as the Sacred Heart Chapel at the north end of the sanctuary. (Link 2.)

The nuns departed in 1923.  In 1943 the nave was damaged by a bomb and a facsimile built. (Link 2.)
Rose Window

"Rhe gabled west front is framed by angle buttresses with a shorter stepped buttress in the centre. The narthex is lit by a row of six lancet windows with hood moulds. Above is a large wheel window with female heads in small roundels on either side, flanked by canopied niches with statues of saints. (On Blount’s drawings and in older postcards in the parish archive the niches are empty. The statues probably date from the post-war restoration.) In the apex of the gable, below the gable cross, is a vesica-shaped relief of Our Lady. The west front of the northwest porch has a niche with a statue of Our Lady above the main door.

"The west window has a stained glass panel in the central multifoil depicting the Sacred Heart (c.1950s)" Small rose windows are set in some of the doors. (Link 2.)

Saint Catherine of Siena
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St. Catherine of Siena,
by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Virgin; Doctor of Church
BornMarch 25, 1347
SienaRepublic of Siena
DiedApril 29, 1380 (aged 33)
RomePapal States
Venerated inRoman Catholic ChurchAnglican CommunionLutheranism
Canonized29 June 1461 by Pope Pius II
Major shrineSanta Maria sopra MinervaRome and Shrine of Saint Catherine (it)Siena
FeastApril 29; April 30 (Roman Calendar, 1628–1969)
AttributesDominican tertiaries' habitlily, book, crucifix, heart, crown of thornsstigmata, ring, dove, rose, skull, miniature church, miniature ship bearing Papal coat of arms
Patronageagainst fire; bodily ills; diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA; Europe; illness; Italy; miscarriages; people ridiculed for their piety; sexual temptation; sick people; sickness; nurses
"Saint Catherine of Siena TOSD (March 25, 1347 – April 29, 1380) was a saint. She was born in Sienna and died in Rome. She promoted peace in Italy and is one of the two patron saints of Italy; the other being Saint Francis of Assisi.
"She was born Katerina de Benincasa in western Italy, the 25th of 25 children. She was born at the time of the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague. Although it probably killed many she knew, she herself did not contract the disease and survived the epidemic. She had a twin sister, who died several months later. Her family was part of the lower classes and she did not become literate until 1378.
"At the age of six, Catherine had a vision of Jesus Christ. She continued to receive many visions throughout her life. At age 12, Catherine cut off her hair and was obligated to serve her family, living in small quarters in the basement. At the age of 16, she entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic and later became a Dominican nun.

"She wrote a book called Dialogue, which taught that if you love your neighbors it is loving God. She also devoted her life to improving the Catholic church, helping the ill, poor, and spiritually underprivileged. Catherine persuaded the pope to return from Avignon, France and back into Rome. She also tried to start a new Crusade to the holy land, Jerusalem. She died of “holy anorexia”, as she ate very little in the name of God. She became a saint in 1461, and was later made a Doctor of the Church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI and a patron of Europe in 1999." (Link 3.)


Photos: Taken by Richard Wilson   with an I phone in March 2018
                while visiting London.
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