08 February 2010

Saint John of Matha

Today on the Traditional Calendar is the feast of Saint John of Matha (1169-1218), Founder of the Order of the Trinitarians. The painting is one of my favorite pieces in religious art. It is titled, “The Mass of Saint John of Matha” by Juan Carreño de Miranda. Tradition tells us that after his ordination to the priesthood, Saint John of Matha experienced a heavenly vision during his first Mass as a priest. This painting, which is at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, depicts that heavenly vision. Take notice of the adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by the subjects of this painting. Click on the image for a larger look.