The Visitation, a limestone sculpture with traces of polychrome dated c. 1525 and attributed to Nicolas Halins, is one of the most beautiful pieces of art in the church of Saint-Jean-au-Marché.  It depicts the visit of Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist.  They wear Renaissance clothing of great complexity, with much-admired folds and embroidery on the two dresses. The sculptor added details of surprising precision, including a purse and a set of keys on Elizabeth’s belt, a prayer book in Mary’s hand, and a thread of pearls in her hair.

    Photos by Charles Reeza

    Collect for Rogation Monday

    Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that thy gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who constantly receive good things from thy hand, may always give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Colecta pro fecundis temporibus

    Omnipotens Deus, Domine coeli et terrae: Humiliter te petimus ut messes terrae marisque ad usum nostrum largitate tua dones et serves, atque prosperes eos qui diligenter metunt, ut nos e manu tuo bona constanter accipientes tibi gratias semper agamus; per Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

    Bread Procession of the Saint” honors St. Dominic de La Calzada Saint (1019-1109) in Santo Domingo de La Calzada, northern Spain. Every year during spring season, “Las Doncellas,” or “White Virgins,” hold baskets covered with white cloth on their heads while they walk past the old village in honor of the saint.

    Location: La Rioja, Spain

    Photographer:  Alvaro Barrientos