Friday, August 03, 2012
More about Pantasaph
Pantasaph is one of the great acheivements of our Catholic forbears. It was a great privilege to have the Summer School and the LMS Latin Course there. The Pugin chapel is just one aspect of it: it gives a real sense of a Catholic institution, with stained glass windows in the corridors, holy statues and pictures of the saints at every turn - not all of them of St Francis, I would say about half!
It is best known as the home of the National Shrine of St Pio, Padre Pio, who of course was a Capuchin Franciscan like the friars at Pantasaph (and the Oxford Greyfriars).
It also has a very impressive Stations of the Cross, going up a hill, and a Rosary Walk, both of which we used in the course of the week. I've created a whole 'set' of photos of the individual Rosary mysteries.
Here is the conclusion of the Rosary Walk, an old quarry.
One of the Stations of the Cross.
And its conclusion, the 14th Station, where Our Lord is laid in the tomb.
Here is an elaborate crib scene, in a little outhouse called 'the Stable'.