The Lamb of God

We had another surprise during our recent Massachusetts pilgrimage. It’s one of those surprises that you really had to pay attention to in order to notice it. We’re talking about “the Lamb of God” at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy.

THE NATIONAL SHRINE …

The National Shrine is located in Stockbridge MA. That’s in the Berkshire Mountains. It is a beautiful setting for prayer and reflection. It’s also an amazing place for the liturgies and especially the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

THE LAMB OF GOD …

As the Liturgy of the Eucharist was taking place during mass recently, I noticed the “Lamb of God” in the clouds above the altar where Fr. Chris was celebrating mass. We’re talking about a beautiful piece of old artwork attached to the ceiling directly over the altar. It really became profound as Fr. Chris raised the Holy Eucharist, stretching toward heaven for the exchange of bread and wine with the miraculous body and blood, soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ.

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN …

The imagery was stunning. It was hard to miss the point that our mass mirrored and was being mirrored by what was going on in heaven. Yes, we already knew this, but the surprise was how clear and evident the miracle was portrayed to all who participated in that special mass. We put a picture below so you might have a visual representation of the ceiling and altar.

THE IMAGES …

On the left (A) is what the sanctuary actually looks like. In the center (B), we highlighted the Lamb of God artwork. And in the third picture, you have a closer look at the Lamb of God artwork.

 

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