A modest contribution over at BoFN, just because Fannie’s doing the heavy lifting over there and I thought I might pitch in for her, for Dave, and for the rest of the crew.
A fierce persecution of Christians in Japan began in the late 1500s and continued for several decades, ending in the virtual eradication of Christianity. But there were “hidden Christians” in Kyushu, concentrated especially in the area around Nagasaki and the setting for Martin Scorcese’s new movie Silence (based on the novel by Shusaku Endo). The “hidden Christian” practiced their faith in secret for generations. Even after Japan opened up to the world, the hidden Christians could not gain religious freedom until the late 1800s.
Urakami Cathedral was built in 1914 in the village of Urakami, next to the booming port and industrial center of Nagasaki. It was the testament of the “hidden Christians” of Urakami who could finally practice their faith openly. Formally it was called Immaculate Conception Cathedral (and still is). It was for a time the largest church in Asia. A wooden statue of Mary of the Immaculate Conception was set above the main altar.
Urakami Cathedral was a few hundred yards from ground zero of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki about three decades later. The burned and severed head of Mary of the Immaculate Conception was miraculously found in the rubble. It is now enshrined in the rebuilt Urakami Cathedral and known as “Hibaku Maria,” or “Bombed Mary.”
Mother Angelica was often the background music during my long, slow conversion to Catholicism. The died on Easter Sunday, 2016. Requiescat in pace.
To honor Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), reposting The Immaculate Conception, by Diego Velasquez (1619).
Text for final consecration here.
“Silence,” from Magico (1979). Charlie Haden (bass), Jan Garbarek (sax), Egberto Gismonti (piano).
33rd and final day of Consecration preparation. Text here. Video here:
“Romain,” from Undercurrent (1962). Bill Evans (piano), Jim Hall (guitar).
32nd day of Consecration preparation, 6th day of the 12th month of the 15th year of the millennium, and the 600th post on this blog. It all has to mean something, I’m just not sure what . . .
Consecration text here. Video here:
“All Blues,” from My Funny Valentine, live performance at Lincoln Center (1964), New York City. Miles Davis (trumpet), George Coleman (sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).
Text for Consecration here. Video here:
Maurice Ravel, “Alborada del gracioso” (Miroirs no 4), Orchestre de Paris conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
Text for consecration here. Video here:
Maurice Ravel, String Quartet in F major (1903), first movement (Allegro moderato — Très doux). The Fine Arts Quartet (1986). Ralph Evans and Efim Boico, violins; Wolfgang Laufer, cello; Jerry Horner, viola.
Day 28 Consecration text here. Video here:
Jaco Pastorius, “Portrait of Tracy,” from the debut album Jaco Pastorius (1976).
Today starts the last week of consecration, devoted to the Knowledge of Jesus. Consecration text here. Video here: