Christmas Greetings from Rome

On the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, everybody at the Scots College, Rome, would like to wish you all, a Joyful and Blessed Christmas.

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The altar in the St. Margaret’s Crypt, Scots College, Rome on Christmas Day.

This day new light will shine upon the earth: the Lord is born for us.

Responsorial Psalm from the Dawn Mass of Christmas Day.

The Rector, staff, seminarians and sisters of the Scots College community would like to wish all Benefactors, friends and those who have visited us this year, a Happy, Blessed and Peaceful Christmas.

The image on the front page of the Holy Family comes from a painting by János “Giovanni” Hajnal. The Hungarian born artist produced artwork when the college moved to the current location on the Via Cassia. He produced the images of St. Andrew either side of the main door into the chapel – one from the crucifixion of the saint and the other showing when a relic of Andrew was handed to the King of Scots. Near the end of Hajnal’s career he returned to the college to produce the artwork for the stained glass window that dominates the chapel, behind the altar. In this work, for the 400th anniversary of the Scots College in the Millennium year, Hajnal depicts, in his trademark style, scenes of Andrew in the scriptures. His work was also used in the Milan Duomo, the Paul VI auditorium at the Vatican and on several editions of Vatican stamps.

 

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