Monday, March 15, 2010

St. Mary's of Hagerstown and the Sacred Made Real

This weekend Rocky took me for a weekend getaway to Hagerstown, Maryland. It's very close to the Pennsylvania state line and and Antitem battlefield. For Mass we went to St. Mary's. It's not the prettiest church but the minute we walked in I knew it was a good one. There was long line at the confessional and most of the people in it were young. They have rosaries in the pews for people who want to pray. The church was packed and communion was recieved kneeling at the communion rail. We met nice people and it looks like they take the worship of God seriously.

On Sunday we went to DC and saw the Sacred Made Real exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. It's a collection of the most magnificent Spanish religious sculpture and painting I've ever seen. It was very hard not to take out my rosary and pray. The above painting is the Immaculate Conception by Diego Valasquez and we got to study it up close. The photograph does not do it justice.


Terry Nelson said...

You are so fortunate to have seen the exhibition. I think I would be praying as I viewed it too. My best hope of seeing it is to try and get a catalog of the exhibit.

Dymphna said...

They have a free black and white booklet. A hardcover catalog and a fine quality paperback catalog. They also have a DVD.

Bonum, Verum, Pulchrum said...

Oh how lucky you are to have been to a nice church. My wife and I have been searching for a parish to call our own for years now.