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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Dec 20, 2022

Denis McNamara and Christopher Carstens, co-authors of the new book Solemnities: Celebrating a Tapestry of Divine Beauty, join the podcast to talk about the upcoming solemnities of Christmas; Mary, Mother of God; and Epiphany.

The book (co-authored with Alexis Kutarna) covers the Church's 17 solemnities. For each, there is a discussion of its theological and spiritual significance, a reproduction and analysis of a great artwork related to the solemnity, and tips on how to observe the solemnity more deeply, from spiritual practices to festive traditions.


Solemnities: Celebrating a Tapestry of Divine Beauty

Artworks discussed in this episode:

The Mystic Nativity by Sandro Botticelli

Madonna in the Church by Jan van Eyck

Adoration of the Magi by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Follow McNamara's ongoing video series discussing sacred art here: