July 1, 2009

And it will remain so

THEME DAY: EMPTY • At the chancel of the Manila Cathedral, there is a lovely pulpit on one side of the altar, but it has stood empty for many years because priests now give their homilies at the lectern on the other side. Above the retablo is an image of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the Archdiocese of Manila and after whom this minor basilica is also named.

pulpit and shrine of the Immaculate Conception inside the Manila Cathedral

Containing nothing, not occupied, lacking substance or value, the absence of activity, having no purpose, and to remove the contents of. These are the different meanings of empty and we're bound to see all illustrated by City Daily Photo bloggers. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

39 comments:

Julie said...

You have captured the lighting of this beautiful scene just perfectly, Hilda.

A lovely interpretation of today's theme.

JM said...

An empty pulpit! What a great idea, Hilda!

Cezar and Léia said...

Sweetie Hilda...
I feel that I improve my English by reading your posts because your vocabulary is so rich!
I loved this picture.The pulpit's detail is wonderful and reminds me Saint Jorge!
Congratulations, fabulous shot and theme for this day!
God bless you
Léia ;)

marley said...

Hilda, what a great take on the theme and a beautiful photo too.

I like the definition of empty too :)

Jacob said...

Lovely photo of a gorgeous church, Hilda. Perfect for theme day.

Neva said...

A very good empty....what a lovely church.

Frank said...

A beautiful place captured so perfectly. Empty but so filled with light, faith and substance. Thanks Hilda.

Clueless in Boston said...

A beautiful church. And an empty pulpit, so very appropriate for theme day.

Jarart said...

A beautiful place. Nice choice for the theme,empty.

the donG said...

ive been there but only until the last three rows of the church. i didnt know that it has a similar altar with the one in baclaran.

Louis la Vache said...

It looks to be a magnificent cathedral.

Glennis said...

Beautiful cathedral, I am sure its frequently full. But it looks great empty.

Reena said...

i like seeing these. they remind us so much of our history. and i'm somehow imagining Padre Damaso up there. haha

Don and Krise said...

You picked a wonderful contribution to theme day. Very nice Hilda.

Olivier said...

superbe photo, la lumiere sur marie est magnifique
very nice photo, the light is beautiful on marie

Vogon Poet said...

Wonderful image of a beautiful church and perfectly appropriate for this Theme Day.

cieldequimper said...

Superb and a very nice choice for today!

Dina said...

A thoughtful post. So nice.
As long as the church itself is not empty, fine. :)

Sydney is the only place I've ever seen where the old pulpit is still used. H.E. the Cardinal climbs the steps and delivers his homily from there.

Hilda, do you know the fancy Latin name for the pulpit's voice deflector? I knew once and now it is gone.

Jilly said...

What a perfect idea for today. And a beautiful photograph. I see village churches around here where the pulpit is never used. I'm glad they are still there tho as reminders of our past.

Avignon said...

Charming...
Does catholic religion still exist ?

Ben said...

Thanks for comment at Nelson.

Dina said...

So glad you like my empty post. Had you in mind when I decided to show it.

Pam said...

Your photos and stories never cease to amaze me. Hilda. Thank you for all the rich history you pass along.
be well, be happy... Pam

Lois said...

It's magnificent Hilda! What a great theme day post.

Denton said...

Great interpretation of the theme.

Bergson said...

I find it a pity not to use

Halcyon said...

Beautiful. Great choice for the theme day!!

Virginia said...

I agree with Bergson, a pity for it not to be used. This is beautifullly composed Hilda and I like your new avatar as well!
V

Tanya said...

Beautiful Hilda and I too love your new profile pic!

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

@Hilda, for a moment I thought this photo was taken in La Antigua Guatemala. I really enjoy the angle of the image and I don't know if the church was actually empty, but from this perspective it is.

Thanks for all the wonderful and supportive feedback you have left at AntiguaDailyPhoto.com

Ken Mac said...

oohhh. Love the colors and the light shining on Christ. Well done!

George said...

This picture is absolutely beautiful. This looks like a magnificent cathedral.

ellievellie said...

Beautiful Cathedral! The light coming from the stained glass window is divine - very inspirational place!

Joan Elizabeth said...

This is a lovely image Hilda and an interesting angle on the theme.

Kate said...

The pulpit is indeed beautiful and could (and should) be used for a strong effect. I don't mind a little theatre in church!!

Greg said...

A lovely photo for the theme day. Captured the light perfectly.

Greg
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Sally said...

Really like your unique take on the theme. Thanks for visiting me so often.
Sydney Daily Photo

asf said...

Oooppsss...forgot to join for two months now, been busy. That's a great post for the theme.

Lisa Wilson said...

That's a great post for the theme day, and so beautiful!