priorites, people…

... I recently visited the parish I no longer regularly attend for this past Friday's Holy Day of Obligation. I went to mass that morning before heading into work. Looking around at the congregation that morning I couldn't help noticing how nice every one looked. It was the first time I was at this church and seen the entire congregation dressed in their Sunday's best. Then I remembered it was Friday morning ... they weren't dressed for mass. They were dressed for work. Priorities being what … [Read more...]

just another summer afternoon…

... at Casa de Kat.Sitting on my front porch with a cold ale and my laptop, I looked up to see a family of grazing deer. … [Read more...]

Caravaggio…

Death of the Virgin … [Read more...]

Putting off corporeal things, thou dwellest in a happier state…

Petro Cavalini, Santa Maria in Trastevere, c 1291 contributed by Sid C.O how does the source of life pass through death to life? O how can she obey the law of nature, who, in conceiving, surpasses the boundaries of nature? How is her spotless body made subject to death? In order to be clothed with immortality she must first put off mortality, since the Lord of nature did not reject the penalty of death. She dies according to the flesh, destroys death by death, and through corruption gains … [Read more...]

Panagia Ierosolymitissa …

...Most Holy Lady of Jerusalem is a very popular icon of the Theotokos because it overlooks the empty tomb of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Sepulcher of the Mother of God in Gethsemane—blessing the numerous pilgrims visiting the Holy Land of Jerusalem. The underground tomb of the Virgin Mary is situated in the Kidron Valley, on the foothills of the Mount of Olives, where the Saviour often prayed with His disciples. It is attributed to the Theotokos since it is believed that the Apostles … [Read more...]

The Mother of God is about to rise in glory…

Dance with joy, O peoples! Clap your hands with gladness! Gather today with fervor and jubilation; Sing with exultation. The Mother of God is about to rise in glory, Ascending from earth to heaven. We ceaselessly praise her in song as truly Theotokos. Ikon from St. Catherine's Sinai, C.13th centurycontributed by Sid C.About the Icon: Christ is holding a small child clothed in white representing the soul of the Theotokos. Above Him the gates of Heaven are open. The apostles surround Mary; Peter … [Read more...]

Kontakion…

...Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb. unknown master, c. 1590 … [Read more...]

Troparion for the feast…

...In giving birth you preserved your virginity, In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.Don Silvestrodei Gherrarducci … [Read more...]

Piero di Cosimo…

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the Immaculate Mother of God was assumed body and soul into heaven…

In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: "The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."Pietro Perugino … [Read more...]

Defendente Ferrari … [Read more...]

A Young Nun…

by John, Gwen.The subject of this portrait is an unknown nun from the convent of the Dominican Sisters of Charity at Meudon, near Paris. Around 1913, John received a commission from the convent to paint a portrait of the nun who founded the order in 1696. The commission took several years to complete, partly because a number of the nuns requested copies to hang in their own rooms. The artist then worked for about twelve years on a series of portraits of nuns, of which this painting is one. … [Read more...]