Three views showing Ruby-tone images in Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco. Note the Baldacchino, first image, upper center left, here without light reflecting on it. These views show the 4842 pipe Rufatti organ. As dramatic as the design of Saint Mary's is, it is a pity that little thought seems to have been given to the acoustics of the cathedral. The sound travels up into the inside of the "agitator" (local wags call Saint Mary's "Our Lady of the Maytag" because it looks like the agitator of a top-loading washing machine). The result is the organ had to be built to be loud and harsh in an attempt to make it hearable throughout the nave, in contrast to the sweet tone of the tracker organ (modeled after the one J.S. Bach played at St. Thomas Kirche, Leipzig) across the street at Saint Mark's Lutheran.
Continuing the series of dramatic sky shots begun with Sky Watch Friday and yesterday's Weekend Reflections, is this view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Notice the ship (also seen in yesterday's post) just off of Alcatraz and the ghostly ship just past the bridge as well as the airplane (center) about to disappear into the clouds.
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD.
1 I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
5 Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
10 Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!
A break in the rain clouds reflects light in the water around Alcatraz Island. Those familiar with the San Francisco skyline can spot the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts, constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, left of center background.
The front doors to St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, San Francisco.
Dominicans first came to San Francisco in 1850 when the Most Reverend Joseph Sadoc Alemany arrived from Spain via several other appointments in the United States. Bishop Alemany had been appointed Bishop of Monterey and invited Fr. Vilarrasa to accompany him to California. The Archdiocese of San Francisco was created in 1853 and Archbishop Alemany was its first incumbent. The parish was established by the Dominicans in 1873, and the current church, built in the Gothic style, was finished in 1928.
1 Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield and armor;
arise and come to my aid.
3 Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.”
4 May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.
5 May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 Since they hid their net for me without cause
and without cause dug a pit for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD
and delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, LORD?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good
and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourning
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
they gnashed their teeth at me.
17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among the throngs I will praise you.
19 Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it.”
22 LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent.
Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God;
do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26 May all who gloat over my distress
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The LORD be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
your praises all day long.
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Above the altar of Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, is the Baldacchino, a kinetic sculpture by Richard Lippold. Alive with reflected light, the 14 tiers of triangular aluminum rods symbolize the channel of love and grace from God to His people, and their prayers and praise rising to Him. The sculpture, suspended by gold wires, is 15 stories high and weighs one ton.
Two views showing Ruby-colored reflections of the stained glass band around the dome of Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco. See yesterday's post for an exterior view and go HERE for another interior view.
The doors to Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, known locally as "Our Lady of the Maytag" for obvious reasons. If you enlarge the image, you'll see «Louis'» reflection in the doors. With a closer look, you'll see the stained glass behind the reredos behind the altar on the opposite side of the church. For a glimpse of the interior, go HERE.
The Golden Gate viewed from China Beach in San Francisco. Above and behind China Beach (not visible in the photo) are palatial homes owned by many of San Francisco's wealthy, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. It was in one of these homes in 2008 that then candidate-for-President Obama made his infamous slur about Americans living in "flyover country", "clinging to their guns and religion."
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.
1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.