AboutMy name is Monsignor Mark Richard Lane, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. I have been teaching courses in Theology and Art for over thirty years. The Church has, from its foundations, used the language of the symbol to draw us to a deeper level of understanding the faith. Symbolism,for the person of faith, is a largely forgotten language. Secular art, as well, speaks symbolically. I am also a photographer and through my page "To See The World.." I wish to present through photography the beauty God and God's creation in another media.
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The death of Jesus cannot be separated from His Resurrection. It is in the light of the Resurrection that the Crucifixion becomes a sign of victory. As we move towards Holy Week I would like to present images and commentaries … Continue reading
Ancient people articulated and made sense of their lives through the powerful use of symbols. We sometimes forget that Christianity, while creating its unique symbols, absorbed such symbols always adding the dimension of faith. In Christian symbolism the essence of … Continue reading
One of the most beautiful pieces of music is Hector Berlioz’s L’enfant du Christ, and especially L’adieu des bergers à la sainte famille While a prayer, it also a statement of hope for the shepherds and more importantly for the … Continue reading
All Bells in Paradise
Benjamin Britten wrote the cantata Saint Nicolas in 1948 for the centennial celebrations of Lancing College in Sussex. Here are two excerpts. The first, ‘The Birth of Nicholas’ and the second, ‘Nicholas Comes to Myra and Is Chosen as Bishop.” … Continue reading