While I know that all of us are very busy with Advent and Christmas preparations, I did want to share with you some information about a very special exhibit that is at the Cathedral December 5, 2016 – January 15, 2017.

I think this is something that would be of interest to everyone in the parish, especially at this time of the year when folks have visitors coming from out of town and might be looking for things to do. The exhibit is entitled: The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View.

The exhibit comes to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles directly from the Vatican Museums, through the generosity of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is the first stop on its United States tour. The theme of this exhibit touches on one of the lesser-known aspects of the Vatican: the daily life of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

Photographer Fabio Mantegna has captured this world with his discreetly invisible and yet timely lens. Rather than the usual photos to which we are accustomed, Mantegna focused on the daily life: surveying glances, military training, Italian lessons, dressing for the Oath of May 6 and more.

An unusual and rare “full immersion” in the Swiss Quarter has allowed the realization of unique images such as the Oath Pledge, free time, sport and military training, traditional uniform dressing, personal relationships. In addition to photographs, the exhibit includes numerous artifacts and memorabilia, including uniforms, swords and the like. No reservations are required it is open to the general public.

All are Welcome.