Music of Advent, Day 1, First Sunday – Creator Alme Siderum

English Translation by Cardinal Newman in Annus Sanctus

English Translation Lyra Catholica

Latin with English Translation and Background in Hymns of the Breviary and Missal

Latin with English Translation at Thesaurus Precum Latinarum

Recording in Latin (with text and musical notation)

Recording by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles

Recording in English

Background (and on the family of hymns) at The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Background and recordings at Breviary Hymns

28 November – Saint Stephen the Younger

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Stories of the Saints Fourth Series Saints of the Early Church by Mary Seymour.

Art & Architecture

Hosios Loukas

The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon.

28 November – Saint James of La Marca of Ancona

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martyrology

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

Character Calendar

Pictorial Lives of the Saints

La vie des saints

Medieval Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

Art & Architecture

Saint James of the Marches by Zurbaran

Post-Biblical Saints Art Index

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.

Picture Study & Liturgical Living Synchronization – December

In progress

4 December – Saint Anno

Lives of Saints by Francis Weninger

Annoschrein – Official Website and Images and a medallion taken from the shrine, now at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Annokamm, Annostab, and Annopallium (comb, staff, and pallium)

4 December – Saint Barbara

The most stunning work of art depicting Saint Barbara is an evocatively unfinished painting by Jan van Eyck.  

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has several late Medieval works of art depicting Saint Barbara, each fascinating in its own way.  First, a painting by Lucas Cranach of the Martyrdom of Saint Barbara.  Second, a reliquary bust by Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden.  Third, a limewood statue.  Fourth, a French ivory rosary bead.

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

6 December – Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas of Bari Banishing the Storm by Bicci di Lorenzo

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

In God’s Garden: Stories of the Saints for Little Children by Amy Steedman.

7 December – Saint Ambrose

The ninth century Golden Altar in Sant’Ambrogio presents a cycle of Christ’s life in gold on the front and a cycle of Saint Ambrose’s life in silver on the back.  The most accessible information comes from the entry about it on the Italian Wikipedia website. The teacher or older students interested in art history may read more here.

Altarpiece of Saint Ambrose

Peter Paul Rubens, Saint Ambrose Barring Theodosius from Milan Cathedral

Antony Van Dyck, Saint Ambrose Barring Theodosius from Milan Cathedral

Letter to Emperor Theodosius

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

Stories of the Saints Fourth Series Saints of the Early Church by Mary Seymour.

13 December – Saint Lucy

A 14th C. fresco cycle in the Oratorio of San Giorgio in Padua by Altichiero da Zevio

(this search brings up several panels in the church, including three of the four Saint Lucy panels).  You may find the fourth panel here.  This video gives a nice tour of the church.  Watch out for Saint Lucy at 3:44, 4:03 and 4:29 and 5:10 and 5:32, but watch the whole video to get a fuller sense of the space and extensive decoration of this little known, but incredible church, with scenes from the life of Christ, as well as from the lives of Saint George and Saint Catherine of Alexandria.  You may read a scholarly article on the frescoes here.

A sixteenth-century altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto (one panelanother panelhere reconstructed – in situ for a sense of its scale).

The painting of the Burial of Saint Lucy by Caravaggio in the church dedicated to Saint Lucy in Syracusa, Sicily.  Lesser known work by Caravaggio but incredible.  Read more here.

Stories of the Saints for Children Second Series by Mary Seymour.

21 December – Saint Thomas the Apostle

An Ottonian ivory in Berlin, in which the Doubting of Thomas is paired with Moses receiving the tablets of the law (a larger image file here).

A relief carving at the Monastery of Santo Domingo in Silos, Spain (an incredible closeup).

A painting by Caravaggio in Potsdam (background).

Stories of the Saints Third Series by Mary Seymour.

22 December – Saint John the Evangelist

Evangelist Portrait of Saint John in the 9th century Ebbo Gospels.

El Greco, The Vision of Saint John in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Little Lives of the Great Saints by John O’Kane Murray. 

29 December – Saint Thomas of Canterbury

Enamelled boxes, chasses, from Limoges for the relics of Saint Thomas Becket. 

A 15th C. series of scenes from the life of Thomas Becket in alabaster (onetwo three four).

Stories of the Saints for Children First Series by Mary Seymour. 


Le tour de la France par deux enfants, chs. XII to XXVIII – Lorraine, part II

Previous Location: The Moselle in Lorraine

Google Map (in progress)

Pynchon’s Map of Lorraine

Chapters XII to XVI – Having made their way across the Vosges Mountains, their first stop is a dairy farm outside of the town of Celles-sur-Plaine in the département of the Vosges, still in the province of Lorraine. They stay at a dairy farm.

Video: L’Europe s’engage en France: L’Européen d’à côté : Modernisation d’une exploitation familiale en Lorraine.

Chapters XVII to XXI – The boys make their way to Épinal, also in the département of the Vosges, in the province of Lorraine. Several chapters are devoted to their settling into life in the town.

Video: Épinal – Vosges – Les 100 lieux qu’il faut voir – Documentaire from Le Pays préféré des Français.

Chapter XXII – André recounts his visit to a paper making factory.

Chapter XXIII– Introduction to Louis Robert, inventor of a paper manufacturing machine.

Chapter XXIV – The boys attend the Fair of Épinal. The boys talk about the crystal from Baccarat, in the département of Meurthe, still in the province of Lorraine. They also discuss printing in Épinal.

Videos: Baccarat, la haute couture du cristal from France 24; Le musée de l’image d’Épinal, une mémoire illustrée; L’image d’Épinal, un savoir-faire gravé dans la roche; À Épinal, l’image demeure l’histoire d’un passionné.

Chapter XXV – The boys now learn about women’s crafts – the embroidery and artificial flowers of Nancy (also in Meurthe).

Chapter XXVI – The younger brother, Julien, learns about Claude Lorraine.

Chapter XXVII – And then he learns about Jeanne d’Arc (look for her entry here from 20 May 2022, when it appears; learn about her birthplace of Domrémy-la-Pucelle in this video, SUIVEZ LE GUIDE : Domrémy-la-Pucelle se souvient de Jeanne d’Arc, from Midi en France).

Chapter XXVIII – And the boys stay in Épinal comes to an end.

Videos: Lorraine, région de cœur and Lorraine, du grand spectacle, both from Echappées belles.

Geography of England – Northumberland

Vintage Illustrated Map of Northumberland and Durham (* indicates locations in texts also marked on this map)

A Northumberland Videographer has a collection of videos on the sights of Northumberland with beautiful visuals and few, well-chosen words – The Northumberland Coast, Rural Northumberland, Northumberland’s Border Castles, Northumberland’s Coastal Castles. These are recent videos, and at least one more is forthcoming at the time of writing.

For lovely older videos, see Northern Heritage’s preview of Bygone Northumberland – Any Man’s Kingdom 1953 and The Lie Of The Land – 1981 documentary about Northumberland farms and the Last Shepherds (just below, under Cheviot Hills)

For the area from Durham up to all but northernmost Northumbria, This is Durham has a playlist, The Northern Saints Trail covering: 1) Jarrow, Sunderland, Durham; 2) Gainford, Durham; 3) Heavenfield, Hexham, Durham; 4) Hartlepool, Durham; 5) Warkworth, North Shields; and, 6) Seaton Sluice, Chester-le-Street.

Cheviot Hills

Northern Heritage Video – The Last Shepherds – Northumberland Cheviot Hills, an excerpt from the Full Documentary

Visit Northumberland Video – The Cheviot Hills (visuals only)

The Pennines

Northern Heritage Video – Discover the North Pennines (a preview of a longer video)

Along the Tweed


Love Berwick’s sole video – Berwick upon Tweed


“Norham Castle” by Sir Walter Scott

Norham Castle Audioguide

Norham Castle Photo Gallery

J. M. Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise

Along the Till

Flodden Field

Northern Heritage – Battle of Flodden – Northumberland Secret Places DVD (preview of a longer video)

On the Coast

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

“The Holy Island” by Sir Walter Scott

“The Reapers of Lindisfarne” by Margaret J. Preston

Picturesque England

The Lindisfarne Gospels – Smarthistory & A Scholar Talks about the Lindisfarne Gospels

A Playlist from DigVentures showcasing its dig on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

On the Aln


“Alnwick Castle” by Fitz-Greene Halleck

Picturesque England

Alnwick Castle Youtube Channel

Visit Northumberland Video

On the Coquet

Warkworth Hermitage

The Hermitage by Anonymous

Picturesque England

On the Wansbeck


Norhtern Heritage Video – A Portrait of Morpeth through the Ages – Bygone Morpeth Temple Collection

On the Rede


The Battle of Otterbourne

Picturesque England

On the Tyne


Northern Heritage Video – Hexham – Northumberland Secret Places, Hidden Histories

The Vindolanda Trust Youtube Channel


Newcastle City Tour

A channel focused on Newcastle with lots of old footage and photographs


Within the North Video – One of the Oldest Churches in Britain


“Written at Tynemouth, Northumberland, after a Tempestuous Voyage” by William Lisle Bowles

“The Northern Star” by Anonymous

Picturesque England

On the Wear


“Durham” by an Anglo-Saxon Poet

“The Aisle of Tombs” by Anonymous

Picturesque England

The Durham Cathedral Youtube Channel has a playlist, Explore Durham Cathedral with Our Volunteer Guides.

Northern Heritage Video – Sir Peter Ustinov presents Durham Cathedral – A Beacon in the North (preview of a longer video)

Smarthistory on Durham Cathedral & Photo Gallery


Pictureseque EnglandChester-le-Street, Lumley Castle, Lambton Castle

Lumley Castle Hotel Official Video

On the Tees

This is Durham – High Force Waterfall in the Durham Dales

And, Catholic Durham and Northumberland

Saint Cuthbert (page will be available from 20 March 2022)

Stories of the Saints for Children Second Series by Mary Seymour.

The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts by Abbie Farwell Brown. 

The Coffin of Saint Cuthbert (see also here and here)

Durham Cathedral

Saint Oswald (page will be available from 5 August 2022)

Stories of the Saints Fourth Series Saints of the Early Church by Mary Seymour.

“Saint Oswald’s Many Heads” – a Zoom presentation on his numerous head reliquaries

Saint Aidan (page will be available from 31 August 2022)

Stories of the Saints Fourth Series Saints of the Early Church by Mary Seymour.

Saint Coelfrith (page will be available from 25 September 2022)

The Codex Amiatinus – Smarthistory, Images

Saint Hilda (page will be available from 17 November 2022)

Virgin Saints of the Benedictine Order

Geography of England – Cumberland and Westmoreland

Vintage Illustrated Map by Jacques Liozu

Google Map

Picturesque England Lakes and Mountains in Cumberland and Westmoreland

Lake-Land by James Payn (1830–1898)

Song for the Spinning Wheel by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

That’ll Do Youtube Channel dedicated to touring Cumbria and the Lake District

BBC Travel Show – Preserving the Lake District (week 50) (just one segment)

The Lake District – England’s most beautiful landscape

Lake District National Park – Reflecting On The Lakes

Northernmost Cumbria


Picturesque England Carlisle – King Arthur and the Lothely Lady

Lines by David Hume (1711–1776)

The Sun Shines Fair on Carlisle Wall—Anonymous

Love Shall Be Lord of All by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

Carlisle Yetts—Anonymous

English Heritage’s Video – The Lady of Carlisle | Songs of England #11 | Carlisle Castle, Cumbria


Nunnery Dell by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

19C View at Nunnery

Tarn Wadling

Cumbria County History Trust on Tarn Wadling

Tearne Wadling by Percy’s Reliques

Inglewood Forest

Inglewood Forest by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Around Penrith


Hart’s-Horn Tree, near Penrith by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The Countess’ Pillar by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Roman Antiquities by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

River Eden

The River Eden, Cumberland by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The Monument by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Eden River’s Trust YouTube Channel & Video Take a Trip Down Cumbria’s River Eden

River Eamont

Monastic Ruins by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Eden Hall

Picturesque England


Lowther by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Stanzas Written in Lady Lonsdale’s Album, at Lowther Castle by Robert Southey (1774–1843)

Lowther Castle YouTube Channel

River Derwent/Derwentwater

The River Derwent by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

For the Spot Where the Hermitage Stood on St. Herbert’s Island, Derwent Water by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

To the River Derwent by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Mary Queen of Scots by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


In Sight of the Town of Cockermouth by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Address from the Spirit of Cockermouth Castle by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Cockermouth and District Civic Trust’s Video – Heritage of Cockermouth – A Gem Town


Nun’s Well, Brigham by William Wordsworth (1770–1850) (some background)

Lorton Vale

Yew-Trees by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Skiddaw by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Summit of Skiddaw, July 7, 1838 by Henry Alford (1810–1871)

Descent of the Same by Henry Alford (1810–1871)

Sonnet Written on Skiddaw, During a Tempest by John Wilson (1720–1789)


Keswick by Robert Southey (1774–1843)

Keswick by Robert Southey (1774–1843)


Seathwaite Chapel by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

River Greta

To the River Greta, near Keswick by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Helvellyn by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

To ——, on Her First Ascent to the Summit of Helvellyn by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The Knight’s Tomb by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

West of Coniston Water

St. Bees

Stanzas by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Picturesque England


Lake District National Park – Romans in Ravenglass 14 minute film

Muncaster Castle

Picturesque England

Black Combe

View from the Top of Black Comb by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Furness Abbey

To Furness Abbey by Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)

To Furness Abbey by Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)

Picturesque England


The Kirk of Ulpha by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


The Plain of Donnerdale by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

River Duddon

To the River Duddon by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The Stepping-Stones by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The River Duddon by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The River Duddon by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The River Duddon by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

To Wordsworth, on Visiting the Duddon by Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)

Windermere Lake


Winander by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

The Boy of Winander by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Lines by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Hawkshead by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Picturesque England

Grasmere Lake


The Wishing-gate by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Lines by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

A Remembrance of Grasmere by Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)

Wordsworth’s Grave by James Payn (1830–1898)

Grasmere by James Payn (1830–1898)

Green Head Ghyll

Green-head Ghyll by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

River Rothay

The Rotha by Robert Southey (1774–1843)

Banks of the Rotha by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


Lines by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Rydal by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Composed at Rydal, September, 1860 by Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)

Rydal Mount, June, 1838 by Henry Alford (1810–1871)

Rydal Mount by Maria Jane Jewsbury (1800–1833)

Inscription Intended for a Stone in the Grounds of Rydal Mount by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


The Pass of Kirkstone by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Brothers’ Water

Written in March by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Catholic Cumbria

Saint Herbert of Derwentwater (page available 20 March 2022)