Written by Dennis AubreyDecember 19, 2012December 19, 2012 Happy Holidays PJ and I send to all our Via Lucis friends our wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It has been a wonderful year of blogging about our Romanesque and Gothic inspirations. Peace to you all and a heartfelt “thank you”. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related 40 thoughts on “Happy Holidays” Thank you, and I wish you the same, with my thanks for so much wonderful writing and photographs. Reply Thank you, Dennis and PJ. Kay and I wish you the same. Reply Best to you and Kay, Gordon. Just yesterday PJ and I were discussing your marvelous understanding of words, both written and spoken. It is an interesting thing to be able to see your video sermons – we can feel you ministering to us across the distances. Reply Once again, Thanks. You must be getting tired of the repetition. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. But each one is meant sincerely. Thank you and the same is sent your way! Thanks also for taking us on your adventures and for educating us in this area! Reply Glad to have you along for the ride. We are frankly shocked by the number of people who are responding to our work at Via Lucis. We thought it was such a small subset of the world that not many would be interested. What a pleasant surprise to see that so many others respond as we do. Reply To Dennis and PJ, the Ambassadors of Pictures and Words, Shin nen akemashite omedeto gozaimasu. Rainen mo Dozo Yoroshiku. Harushi Reply Harushi、素晴らしいホリデーシーズンを持っています。私はあなたの笑顔を見て欠場。 Boy, I hope Google Translate works and I didn’t say something like “The cow in your eye splashes merrily.” Reply Happy Christmas! The church in this post doesn’t look very Romanesque or Gothic… 😉 (It does, however, bring back happy memories of my family’s holiday to Massachussetts last year. We didn’t make it up as far as Concord, but saw plenty of lovely “New England” churches!) Reply John, you’re right, not Romanesque or Gothic this time. But we don’t spend winters in Europe, so it’s tough to get a snow picture:) But living in Cape Cod, plenty of opportunities here! Thanks for your note, and have a great holiday. Reply A very Merry Christmas to you too. Looking forward to many more posts in the new year! 🙂 Reply Likewise, am fascinated by your Cornwall beach shots. That is beautiful work. Reply Within the past three days I’ve heard the idea expressed by various people that there needs to be more emphasis on what is beautiful in the world. You are certainly doing your part in that regard… thank you for that! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all good things in the New Year. Reply Thanks, Kerri. We’ve got lots more coming – we’ve not even finished 2011 and barely touched 2012! Reply a perfect festive image Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year Reply In Australia we are not so pc. “Merry Christmas” 🙂 Reply Merry Christmas, Pieter. I have quite a few Jewish friends, so I tend to make it a little generic:) Looking forward to more in the New Year! Reply Joyeux Noël to you and PJ. Your work on this blog has been of great interest to me this year. Merci merci merci. Reply Joyeux Noël, Trish. Best of luck with your translations and writings. Make sure to keep us posted in the new year, although we are regular visitors to “Sounds like Wish”. Reply Thanks for telling me you visit my blog. And thanks for remembering I’ve been translating. I’m presently preparing a publishing proposal. Let’s see if anyone’s interested. Also like your Father’s photos of WW2. A truly beautiful church with the dawn of a new day illuminating. Thank you so much for such wonderful holiday wishes. Merry Christmas to you as well, and look forward to more beautiful churches in the New Year. Reply Thanks so much, Bella. Merry Christmas, and I look forward to our explorations next year. Reply Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! Keep those gorgeous photos coming! Reply Thanks, Karen. Best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holidays. Reply All the best for 2013 and if you are in Poitou-Charentes any time next year let me know and we could meet up if we are there at the same time. Reply Would.love to meet when we return to the lovely Poitou-Charentes. Thanks, and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Reply Feliz Navidad, from Spain. Reply Gracias, y Feliz Navidad! Reply Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 즐거운 성탄을 맞으시고, 새해에 복 많이 받으세요! Jong-Soung Reply Merry Christmas, Jong-Soung, and thank you for enriching us with the wonderful contributions you made to the Via Lucis blog in 2012. Your Hildesheim post is one of the most popular we have ever done. Someday we will meet in person. I look forward to that. Reply This church may not be Romanesque or Gothic but it appears typical New England. Very Pretty. All that is lack is the downward view into the valley. Reply Definitely not Romanesque or Gothic, but pure New England. We don’t shoot in Europe during the winter so we didn’t have any seasonal shots from our beloved French churches. This had to do. So nice to hear from you and your predilection for the hand-made. Reply Just a brief note to thank you – I have been following your blogs for half the year or more, with gratitude. I much enjoy your texts, I love your images. I love the buildings, of course, and always the excitement at meeting one I don’t know. (Putting together a vast history/encyclopaedia of architecture a few years ago, I was collecting such buildings voraciously, perhaps indiscriminately, but trying always to ensure the result was not the same few which always stood for a hugely rich and varied enterprise.) Your blogs, as your images most eloquently, so often speak of calm and quietude, stillness and the space to expand personally… things we find so difficult to find these days – but hang on: life for almost all in those centuries when the cathedrals were new was nasty, brutish and short. And those for whom it as longer were probably the nastier brutes. There’s nothing wrong with these contrasts: we always value, and use, the past for ourselves. It’s not a ‘sentimental irony’ that we do so, as some say. However… while I’m all for mass concord, I must say I prefer the Romanesque interiors. Joyeux Noël et bonne année. Reply John, so glad to hear that you have been with us on our journey on Via Lucis. As far as your point about the tempestuous histories of these churches and how they were anything but refuges of calm, you are absolutely correct. Our post on the Cathédrale de Beziers makes that clear. In fact, I have written often that it is amazing that any of these survive, much less 5,000 in France alone. I think that the point that is most important is that these churches offer us the possibility of contemplation in a world where it is so difficult to find a man-made structure that does so. I remember years ago being on one of the Greek islands and looking across the water to a ruined temple on a promontory. It was a site that made one take stock of civilizations, ideas, peoples and history. I am so pleased to hear thoughts like those you express, and proud that you put them here on Via Lucis. You are always welcome. Et Joyeux Noël et bonne année. Reply And the Merriest of Holidays to both of you.. I so look forward to your magnificent photographs and stories…. Vann Reply Vann, great to hear from you again. December has been a wonderful month for us and I’m hoping it carries into next year. Take care, and have a very Merry Christmas! Reply Feliz Navidad … and ¡Viva el arte Románico! Reply Si, Feliz Navidad … and ¡Viva el arte Románico! Reply A most wondrous and joyous Christmas and happy, healthy New Year to you. My profound thanks for your exquisite images. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (Address never made public) Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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