I also wish to thank you for the delightful series " Pictures in Church." and in particular, e Our Lady's Tenderness." Like your correspondent. " H. A. Y.". my taste is quite untrained, but I find in these ikons a strange appeal, a genuine spirituality, lacking in Western religious art. It may interest sonic of your readers to know that some fine examples of Russian religious art may be seen in " Russian ikons." by David Talbot Rice. published in the King Penguin series.-Emsle F. E. STONE.
The Assumption 'll'o mark the Papal definition of the Dogma of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, would it not be an excellent way of demonstrating Our Faith, and our love for God's Mother, by holding a procession in London, on the Sunday following the definition? --C. R. BAKU-Swine Doubtless the churches and institutions will be illuminated to celebrate the declaration of the Dogma of the Assumption. There is also the of shops and private
dwellings. The traditional manner of doing this is In fasten simple tin sconces bearing a lighting candle behind each window pane. The historic parallel is the illumination of the city of Ephesus in A.D. 431, when Holy Church declared that the Blessed Virgin was truly the Mother of God.-CULMF.N.
In answer to I. D.. it is very unlikely that Bunyan read any of the hooks he mentions. The books that Bunyan is known to have read were
very few. Miss Rrittain considers that Bunyan was. of course, under the same general influences as the rest of his age which accepted the idea of life as a Pilgrimage. It was incorporated in Masques, such as Everyman, and Raleigh, too, has some lines about the " quiet claimer" on his way to Heaven. But the point is that Bunyan's version of the pilgrim-therne has captured the imagination of the world and comforted many a soul in its darkest hour. Moreover the germinating idea of Bunyan's book did come to him in a sudden flash in prison, however long subconsciously he had been influenced by such an image. C. G. MORTIMER. 2 White Bdgs., LeesonSolent.
Churchill and Communism I don't think it's quite fair of Ignatius Boswell in his letter about Democracy to indict Mr. Churchill as an admirer of Mr. Stalin, or Russia. Mr. Churchill hailed Russia as an ally with the strictest reservations, in a speech acknowledging the entry of the U.S.S.R. in the war against Germany.-(Miss) NINA JAMPSON, Mass, entry and departure The question debated in your columns as to the correct procedure when the priest enters the church to celebrate Mass, prompts one to avert to the fact that in Catholic Ireland outside the city of Dublin, and in some other churches where the priests insist upon it. it is most unusual for the congregation to rise when the priest enters. Furthermore it is unfortunately customary for a large number of people to leave the church immediately the blessing has been given without waiting for the prayers after Mass. The behaviour of the congregation at the " short twelve" Mass in some of the Dublin churches is a disedifying spectacle.-IRISH CATHOLIC.
National Socialism I think Mr. Clark (who. I believe, is not a Catholic?), must have misunderstood the mind of the Church when he says that he does not think "it is correct to state that the Church condemned Nazism as a whole, it condemned the religious intolerance displayed by some Germans." Quite apart from the statements of bishops. the Encyclical Alit Brennender Sorge (C.T.S. The Situation of the Church in Germany) and the address Nell 'Accogliere (C.T.S. The Pope and the Nazis) make it clear that the Church has condemned. not only Nazism, hut also the state it engendered.IFELterrAg.
Esperanto for Catholics
In addition to the support given to the O.N.O. petition on behalf of Esperanto, it ought not to be forgotten that the 22nd International Catholic Esperanto Congress was this year held in Rome under the direction of Fr. Carolfi. O.E.M. Catholics on the continent, especially in Germany, have taken
up Esperanto enthusiastically. It is to be regretted that English Catholics do not take more interest in the movement.-Hy SHORE, 1 Waterloo Road, Exeter, Devon.