Then it progressed through several stages: the announcement of the engagement in the presence of the two families and officials (fare or fermare il parentado), the ritual showing forth of the bride led round by a dancing master, visits to the houses of bride and groom, and the publicly declared consent of bride and groom through the declaration of matrimonial vows (fattesi parole ceremoniali dello sponsalitio).
There were the visits by the bride in an open gondola to relatives in convents which a later sixteenth-century writer, Francesco Sansovino, was to pair with the showing forth of the bride in the house: "For since she must increase through childbirth the generation of this family onto which she is grafted, she shows herself in the household and throughout the city almost as if to so many witnesses to the contracted marriage.
Hamilton's life was a great work of God, showing forth
the glory of God's greatest work, the priestly work of Jesus Christ.
or was the dream-- this hymm, this ecstatic paean, this woven music of color and form, of the sense of airy space-- was the dream showing forth
the power of memory now, today or at any moment of need?
Christmas was not always December 25; early church fathers felt that the Epiphany, or the showing forth
(usually commemorated January (6), was a much greater feast than Christmas, and another early writers and theologians felt that, since the world was created perfect, flowers in bloom, trees in leaf, moon full, Jesus was therefore born in the spring, sometime in March when we now celebrate Easter.