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On This Rock


Every church has one, I do believe...someone who is The Rock.

Inside the Roman Catholic St. Josef cathedral in Groningen, Holland.


On This Rock


Every church has one, I do believe...someone who is The Rock.

Inside the Roman Catholic St. Josef cathedral in Groningen, Holland.


comments (56)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Mar 2010, 01:27
"...and...folks...your home in heaven will look like this..."

You give life to statues, Ginnie...great work!
Ginnie Hart: "In my house are many mansions...." Thanks, Ray. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 31 Mar 2010, 01:36
As Ray already say it. You give life to statues smile I really like this series.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, dear Frida.
  • Esther
  • Malaysia
  • 31 Mar 2010, 02:10
A fitting image for Holy Week. smile Well, Ray and Frida have said it! This is so beautiful, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I was glad for these images fitting right into this week, Esther. It did seem appropriate. smile Thank you kindly.
those eyes look like they have seen everything:
despair; the thief who takes money from the offering; the hurt and pain that mortals inflict on one another; tears; death;
birth; the innocence of childhood; hope; love; laughter; silliness; joy;
the soft crumbling of our days.
Ginnie Hart: You are such a poet, dear Seraphine. You amaze me! Thank you.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2010, 04:09
Peter was it,(as the rock of the church) in the Bible?
In any case, this 'Rock' looks very sturdy, wont be messing with him smile
Ginnie Hart: Many people do believe Jesus was referring to Peter, yes, when he said "And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18) The name Peter means Rock. Others believe Peter's confession, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," is the Rock. You decide. smile I grew up hearing this my entire life because as a Protestant, we couldn't believe in a man, Peter, being the Rock of the entire Church. There you have it. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Mar 2010, 05:35
When we entered the church it was pure delight, the quiet, the serenity, the beauty, we were short of eyes to look at it all in once.
I think all is said already in the comments so far, Seraphine is so right and yes you made this statue alive.
Love the angle and the lighting.
Ginnie Hart: This church had such a different feel than the Martini church, Astrid, didn't it! It was also much darker. I was surprised when these pictures actually turned out! Bedankt, altijd, voor jouw woorden, mijn vrouw.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2010, 06:29
I am not religious so I don't know this guy, but this could be the protector or the destroyer. Beautiful processing!
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing it's St. Peter, Martie, as depicted in so many Roman Catholic churches as The Rock on which the church is built. I have seen so many of these I should start collecting them! smile Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 31 Mar 2010, 07:03
St Peter I was taught, was the rock of the church, fantastic processing Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: As I said to SAVO, many people do believe Jesus was referring to Peter, yes, when he said "And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18) The name Peter means Rock. Others believe Peter's confession, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," is the Rock. You decide. I grew up hearing this my entire life because as a Protestant, we couldn't believe in a man, Peter, being the Rock of the entire Church. There you have it. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Mar 2010, 07:24
Yes, you are right- but this may not be Saint Josef, rather Sint Pieter? A wonderful close-up- and a wonderful expressive, serious face -oh, we needed some more of those rocks, responsible personalities, in our churches - the Roman Catholic Church is just now in a big crisis in our and other countries after all the sexual abuse-crimes have been known...
Ginnie Hart: I am quite sure it is St. Peter, yes, Philine, which explains my title. As I said to SAVO, many people do believe Jesus was referring to Peter when he said "And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18) The name Peter means Rock. Others believe Peter's confession, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," is the Rock. You decide. I grew up hearing this my entire life because as a Protestant, we couldn't believe in a man, Peter, being the Rock of the entire Church. There you have it. As you have so well written, we have so many issues we're dealing with in the Church today, Roman Catholic and otherwise. We need wise men and women both to come forward and help the healing process!
Superb detail Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 31 Mar 2010, 07:34
love it, tho i heard that that scripture wasn't talking about Peter, it was talking about the rock they were standing near, 'the gates of hades'.... very beautiful tho ginnie, and i wasn't sad in that picture lol i sort of have a downward face unless i'm smiling smile
Ginnie Hart: And as I told SAVO, others believe it was Peter's confession, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" that Jesus was referring to. That's what I believed growing up in my preacher-dad's home. smile

So glad to know you weren't sad in that picture. I would give you a hug anyway! smile
the colortone you use fits the subject you captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Mar 2010, 08:42
You could be right Ginnie: this is a wonderfully powerful icon
Ginnie Hart: I should probably start collecting them, Chris, because I see them in all the old Roman Catholic churches! smile
fascinates me this church is really beautiful and your photos to enhance
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. I love seeing the old things like this.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2010, 09:31
Although I'm not a believer, I do love looking at churches and find the iconography fascinating. St Peter normally has a large key dangling from his gown as well. Beautifully presented statue Ginnie.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I stopped being religious a long time ago, Ingrid, but I do still have a Higher Power bedrock beneath me...but it isn't St. Peter! smile Thanks.
Reminds me of the old song, "He's got the whole world, in his hands."
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Mary. Like minds and all. smile
Another wonderfully illuminated photograph Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Very nicely detailed Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard. Merci.
  • SOUL AFLAME
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • 31 Mar 2010, 10:41
Exquisite detail and composition, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Mar 2010, 10:58
The Saint (probably St. Peter) has been presented here as bishop (St. Peter was the first bishop of the christianity) and founder of the church (a well- known iconographical motive), but it is interesting to see here: The true base should/must be the bible - yes, the different understanding of the church-office/hierarchy is the main (and in my opinion the only one serious) difference between the Christian denominations - Protestants believe that even Jesus didn't found himself the church as an institution- human beings founded it later in his spirit- but all 'things' being in human hands are in danger to go astray and to fail as we know- but some ot its members are/were filled with the original Christian spirit like Sint Maarten...
Ginnie Hart: Perfectly written, Philine. Thank you!
Lovely picture Ginnie...Your certainly seeing new life living there.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ron. And yes, everything is "new" around me! smile
His eyes are full of emotion, its an excellent shot Ginnie, the light is just perfect on him smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Linda.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 31 Mar 2010, 12:21
Great photo good tone Happy Easter to you and Astrid
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage. The same to you and Ginny!
Beautiful....

love the lighting on the statue...

He hands us his house..smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nadiuska. He does, indeed.
Always a perfect frame and composition Ginnie. Beautiful image, excellent details, clarity, tones, etc. Such a powerful and moving statue, stunning work.
Ginnie Hart: As always, John, thank you!
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2010, 13:05
Wonderful light and detail as others have said the statues have a life of there own
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JJ.
Nice one, Ginnie - lovely tone.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 31 Mar 2010, 13:52
...and that rock was Christ...
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Sherri. That's how I was taught growing up. NOT Peter! smile
Another interesting statue and background information.

Since this is in the same church as yesterday's shot, Ginnie, would it be possible that the same artist did both works?
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Beverly, but I have no clue. My instinct is to say no, but i have no clue why!
This is a cracker Ginnie, these images are making me think I don't open my eyes enough when I visit churches and miss a lot of good things.
Ginnie Hart: I miss things all the time, Brian, and Astrid finds them for me! That's why I like our photo hunts so much! 2 sets of eyes...or 4, if you count our glasses. grin Thanks.
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 31 Mar 2010, 15:30
Here is a beautiful catch of sight and composition, beautiful detail, cheer!
Ginnie Hart: As always, thank you, Roland.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 31 Mar 2010, 16:25
It's a very nice image and détails are superb. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Antoine.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2010, 16:50
crisp shot, i do like the tone of this one.. well done.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Rian.
  • chad
  • wherever I hang my mask.
  • 31 Mar 2010, 16:57
In safe hands.
Ginnie Hart: I would like to think so, Chad, but am not always sure these days?! sad
  • alex
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2010, 17:37
perfect exposure, ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Alex.
Superb shot, Ginnie!! Very lovely tones smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Charles, and welcome back from vacation.
I love it, details, colors light, everything. A bientôt Val
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Valérie. I do appreciate your comments.
I was wrong the other day Ginnie, this is the best of the series! Of course I reserve the right to recant that after I see what you upload next. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, John, and sure know how to make my day. smile Thanks.
This lovely toning again. so warm, I love it!! Which Saint is this? I am not so familiar with Roman Catholic saints, or from any religion to be honest.

So I tried to follow the link you provided. It stalls my MAC on tilt, as it tries to open many pop-ups. I killed it, but it was a bit annoying. Anyway, I have read all comment now and it is supposed to be Saint Peter. OK, thanks!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Marion. In the Roman Catholic chutch St. Peter is the one considered to be The Rock of the church. That link doesn't usually give pop-ups but in this case, it did for me as well. Bummer. Thanks again for stopping by...and figuring it out. smile
  • cisco
  • France
  • 31 Mar 2010, 20:53
And still a very nice picture
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Cisco.
  • oscar
  • France
  • 31 Mar 2010, 21:22
Nice colors, this serie is fantastic
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for saying so, Oscar.
You do like detail Ginnie, there are so many photo opportunities in these great churches, keep seeking them out.

You should go down the road to St. Mary's in Warwick when you visit Stratford, it is only a few miles, it is a fine church with a great tomb of the Earl of Warwick. Plenty of detail to photograph as well.
Ginnie Hart: Interestingly, Les, I don't usually get good pictures of statuary, so I don't always take them. But I keep trying and seem to be getting better at it. It's encouraging, so thank you for your vote of confidence. I'm not sure what all Tracy has in mind for us while we are there but I might mention Warwick to her. Thanks for the tip.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Mar 2010, 22:39
Again the detail is so lovely smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherie. After I get home and load my pics, I always see things I didn't see while there in real life! I call it the Second Blessing. smile
You're right, Ginnie; my church's "rock" is named Lenny. Lovely image and tones, as always...
Ginnie Hart: I would love to know all the names around the world, Larry. Wouldn't that be fun. Maybe our names are on the list, too?! smile
smile yes we lovet his ginnie...........
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart as always, Toni! Thanks.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Apr 2010, 07:54
i think you could produce a wonderful illustrated guide to the churches of the netherlands - your photographs have such a strong iconic voice which matches the grandeur of the subject matter
Ginnie Hart: Your kind words are very touching, JIM. THANK YOU.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Apr 2010, 11:13
lovely processing, suits the picture perfect
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Petra.
  • tede
  • France
  • 1 Apr 2010, 17:22
Splendid tone for this superb shot, the sharpness is great. Good evening.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Tede, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 1 Apr 2010, 20:12
That their sculpted faces continue to look so life-like amazes me. Wonderful capture!!
Ginnie Hart: i don't always like photographing statuary, Marcie, because I feel like I usually don't get it right. I'm getting more courage when I read comments like yours, so thank you.
Super series Ginnie ! Really a lovely hint here, delivering a very nice and peaceful and strenghful mood... (donr't know if I'm clear)... I'm so busy and tired. Thanks Ginnie for your words yesterday. Always appreciated.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Flo. I do hope you have a chance to rest this Easter weekend!?!
  • crash
  • United States
  • 2 Apr 2010, 12:46
boys and their toys!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Ryan. That's the funniest thing I've heard in a long time (in relation to such a statue!). smile
  • Craig
  • United States
  • 2 Apr 2010, 18:44
A perfect exposure and composition of Peter! Great work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Craig.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Apr 2010, 09:29
You can also look at Luke 22 : 32 "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

Wesley comment: ... and when thou art returned - From thy flight, strengthen thy brethren - All that are weak in faith; perhaps scandalized at thy fall.

He who denied Jesus (and thereby denied himself) will turn back and then be strong enough to strengthen those who are weak in faith. Peter was a bit of a hot head and as such full of himself. He first had to deny himself, which was the necessary result of denying Christ, the find himself as a true believer. Only then could he provide some form of leadership to the others.

The Rock was not required to be strong as a person, but strong as a believer.

Quite interesting how Jesus made the announcement and followed through in preparing Peter for the eventual role of co-leader of the first church in Jerusalem.
Ginnie Hart: Amen and Selah. Thus ends the sermonette of the day. Totally worth every word, Louis. Thank you!
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2010, 22:01
I like the look in his eyes. Very beautifully framed.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Hoi!
  • Marie
  • France
  • 8 Apr 2010, 19:28
très belle composition.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie!
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 9 Apr 2010, 23:46
Wow incredible details in this statue!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Andy. smile

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