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In keeping with the best of our ancient Benedictine heritage, in which authors sign their work simply “a monk,” the editorial panel of Prime Matters remains anonymous, committed solely to articulating and awakening the Catholic imaginative vision for Catholics and all people of goodwill.

Published Pieces

Fontevraud Gradual, also known as the "Gradual of Eleanor of Brittany," mid-thirteenth century

Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo solidified and improved musical notation, allowing for the sight-reading and rapid spread of music.

Prime Matters
Jan 27, 2022
The Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Home to the relics of the Magi, the Cologne Cathedral - whose construction lasted for 632 years - has drawn pilgrims since its cornerstone was placed in 1248.

Prime Matters
Jan 20, 2022
Michelangelo's "Pieta"

Michelangelo's Pietà

Michelangelo's Pietà captures a serene moment of surrender, as the Virgin Mary cradles the body of her crucified son in her lap.

Prime Matters
Jan 13, 2022
Statue of Christ the Redeemer over Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

A century ago, the people of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, actively entrusted their city and nation to Christ, manifesting his invisible kingship in a now-iconic statue.

Prime Matters
Dec 30, 2021
Giotto's "Miracle of the Crucifix"

Giotto's "Miracle of the Crucifix"

Giotto's "Miracle of the Crucifix" captures the intimate moment of St. Francis of Assisi's vocational call before the crucifix of San Damiano Chapel.

Prime Matters
Dec 2, 2021
Leonardo Da Vinci's "St. John the Baptist"

Da Vinci's "Saint John the Baptist"

Da Vinci portrays a youthful Baptist, leaning into the light to invite the viewer's gaze to heaven.

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Nov 25, 2021
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

The Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, standing in the location of the house of the beloved third-century virgin martyr, shows forth the vast centuries of Church history.

Prime Matters
Nov 18, 2021
The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

Pilgrims have ascended Mount Tabor in southern Galilee for centuries to venerate the place where Peter, James, and John witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ.

Prime Matters
Nov 4, 2021
Monreale Cathedral interior

Monreale Cathedral, Sicily

Covered in nearly 65,000 square feet of glass mosaics, the interior of the Cathedral of Monreale immerses pilgrims in the story of the Bible in dazzling gold.

Prime Matters
Oct 28, 2021
Raphael's "The Transfiguration"

Raphael's "The Transfiguration"

In "The Transfiguration," Raphael interweaves the glory of Christ made manifest in the Transfiguration, the suffering of humanity shown in a young demoniac, and the intercessory role of the Church.

Prime Matters
Oct 21, 2021