religious art, liturgical art, and church photography from S. Smith Photography

Pilgrimage to Fatima with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius – Day 1

After a smooth but warm flight from Chicago O’Hare to Madrid, we made our way through the beautiful and very large Madrid airport to reach our connecting flight to Lisbon, Portugal.  We were almost twenty minutes late for our flight, but somehow they managed to hold the airplane for 25 of her missing passengers.  Divine intervention if I ever saw it!

After a quick flight to and arrival in Lisbon, we were on our way to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs for a mass of thanksgiving for our safe arrival (except for one large suitcase with documents for the upcoming liturgical conference. St. Anthony, pray for us!).  We had a lot to be thankful for.  The Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs was a jewel box of pure beauty, and is one of the oldest parish churches in Lisbon.  Here are some images from the Sung Mass with incense done in the Extraordinary Form, with Rev. Scott Haynes, celebrant.

Some of our pilgrim group with our pilgrimage director on the steps of the Basilica.

The ceiling of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs, Lisbon

One of the many beautiful side altars at the Basilica. This one features an altarpiece of the decent of Our Lord from the Cross and in front a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, dressed in elaborately embroidered black garments

A side altar celebrating the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist

Mass begins with the prayers at the foot of the altar. It was decided to use the free standing altar with an "ad Orientem" orientation because the high altar had been modified as to make it unusable for Mass.

Br. Matthew and Br. Kamil chant the propers and the setting of the Mass

Fr. Scott Haynes finishing the blessing after the Mass in the ornate Sacristy of the Basilica. The thurifer, acolytes and crucifer were all men from our pilgrim group.

The sanctuary of Church of Santo Antonio, Lisbon

Church of Santo Antonio, Lisbon (the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua)

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4 responses

  1. Nancy K

    The pictures have so beautiful.The colors are breath taking. Thanks Scott for your excelent selections.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:44 am

  2. Ann

    These are Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  3. Stickliy

    Seeing these pictures made my day. I had visited the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs in the summer of 2009. I was never aware of the name , but now I know :-)

    September 8, 2010 at 2:23 am

  4. Myrta M. Garcia

    Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful and blessed pilgramage. I was sorry not to be able to be a part of it. This makes it easier to see what Fatima is like. God bless you in your work.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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