Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, December 14, 2012
VISITATION ON CLOTH
VISITATION ON CLOTH (DETAIL OF ALTAR CLOTH) 1410, MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS, FRANKFORT, GERMANY
AROUND THE WORLD AND THROUGH THE CENTURIES WITH THE UNBORN
Museum of Applied Arts-Frankfort, Germany
Antependium, or altar cloth hanging of tapestry woven in colored wools (Full Tapestry)
Visitation - Detail from Frontal - German - wool, linen and silk
An antependium (Latin: "to hang before"), more commonly known as a hanging cloth, or, when speaking specifically of the hanging for the altar, an altar frontal (Latin: pallium altaris), is a decorative piece of material that can adorn a Christian altar, lectern, pulpit, or table. Specifically, an antependium hangs down in front of whatever it covers, and is to be distinguished from the altar linens which are used in the service of the Eucharist, and an altar cloth which covers the top of the altar.
"One of the most beautiful moments in history was that when pregnancy met pregnancy when child bearers became the first heralds of the King of Kings."Archbishop Fulton Sheen, The World's First Love.
"Now Elizabeth didn't recognize what was in Mary's womb as a "fetus." No One less than God the Holy Spirit gave Elizabeth the gift to recognize that what was alive in her cousin's womb, was already a person. And that person was her Lord (God)." Charles Hoffman, The Holy Rosary Rich in Jewish Tradition