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A morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs. The Secret History
A morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs. The Secret History
The Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All That Sorrow":
As with so many other icons of the Theotokos, wonderworking copies of this icon have been found throughout Orthodox Russia, each with its own history and moving collection of miracles. In this icon, the most holy Mother of God is depicted standing full stature sometimes with, sometimes without the Divine Child in her arms; she is surrounded by all manner of the sick and the suffering, to whom Angels of the Lord bear gifts of mercy, consolation, and suitable aid from the most holy Theotokos. The icon "Joy of all that Sorrow" was inspired by the hymn of the same name; see page 222 in Great Compline. Through one copy of this icon, the sister of Patriarch Joachim was healed at the end of the seventeenth century in Moscow, from which time the feast was established. Another copy of the icon was found in Saint Petersburg; on July 23, 1888, during the severe thunderstorm, lightning struck a chapel at a glass factory, burning the interior walls of the church, but leaving the icon unsinged. From the violent disturbance of the air, the icon was knocked to the floor, the poor-box broke open, and twelve copper coins adhered to the icon in various places; afterwards many miracles were worked by the grace of the holy icon.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
To God's Birthgiver let us run now most earnestly, we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall prostrate in repentance, calling from the depths of our souls: Lady, come unto our aid, have compassion upon us; hasten thou, for we are lost in a throng of transgressions; turn not thy servants away with empty hands, for thee alone do we have as our only hope.

Kontakion
Plagal Second Mode
We have no other help, we have no other hope, but thee, O sovereign Lady; do thou help us. In thee do we hope, and of thee do we boast, for we are thy servants. Let us not be put to shame.
The Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All That Sorrow": As with so many other icons of the Theotokos, wonderworking copies of this icon have been found throughout Orthodox Russia, each with its own history and moving collection of miracles. In this icon, the most holy Mother of God is depicted standing full stature sometimes with, sometimes without the Divine Child in her arms; she is surrounded by all manner of the sick and the suffering, to whom Angels of the Lord bear gifts of mercy, consolation, and suitable aid from the most holy Theotokos. The icon "Joy of all that Sorrow" was inspired by the hymn of the same name; see page 222 in Great Compline. Through one copy of this icon, the sister of Patriarch Joachim was healed at the end of the seventeenth century in Moscow, from which time the feast was established. Another copy of the icon was found in Saint Petersburg; on July 23, 1888, during the severe thunderstorm, lightning struck a chapel at a glass factory, burning the interior walls of the church, but leaving the icon unsinged. From the violent disturbance of the air, the icon was knocked to the floor, the poor-box broke open, and twelve copper coins adhered to the icon in various places; afterwards many miracles were worked by the grace of the holy icon. Apolytikion Fourth Mode To God's Birthgiver let us run now most earnestly, we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall prostrate in repentance, calling from the depths of our souls: Lady, come unto our aid, have compassion upon us; hasten thou, for we are lost in a throng of transgressions; turn not thy servants away with empty hands, for thee alone do we have as our only hope. Kontakion Plagal Second Mode We have no other help, we have no other hope, but thee, O sovereign Lady; do thou help us. In thee do we hope, and of thee do we boast, for we are thy servants. Let us not be put to shame.
A great modern Indian artist, #BhupenKhakhar’s (1934-2003) penchant was for the leading and the #bazaar. In the last 10 years of his life, Khakhar, a man of Bombay and Baroda, stayed clear of the pedantic and learnt the artist's way in the best of schools - the #streets. The #barber at work at the corner of the pavement, the clerk stretching legs out on a local park-bench, working men’s #hostels, the paan-beedi shop, #cinemahoardings, etc., were characters, objects and scenes of his very typical, expressive art.
#watercolor #sketchpen #panbeedishop #indianart #indianmodernartist #modernart #sectarianism #homosexuality #expressionism #DavidHockney #contemporary #art #keralalandscapes #tamiliandhabas #roadsidehotels #religiousiconography #swetlanacardoso
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A great modern Indian artist, #BhupenKhakhar ’s (1934-2003) penchant was for the leading and the #bazaar . In the last 10 years of his life, Khakhar, a man of Bombay and Baroda, stayed clear of the pedantic and learnt the artist's way in the best of schools - the #streets . The #barber  at work at the corner of the pavement, the clerk stretching legs out on a local park-bench, working men’s #hostels , the paan-beedi shop, #cinemahoardings , etc., were characters, objects and scenes of his very typical, expressive art. #watercolor  #sketchpen  #panbeedishop  #indianart  #indianmodernartist  #modernart  #sectarianism  #homosexuality  #expressionism  #DavidHockney  #contemporary  #art  #keralalandscapes  #tamiliandhabas  #roadsidehotels  #religiousiconography  #swetlanacardoso  -------------------------- Image source : Apollo Magazine
“But the pious confession of the believer is that, with a view to our salvation, . . . the Creator of all things incorporated with Himself a rational soul and a sensible body from the all-holy Mary, ever-virgin, by an undefiled conception, without conversion, and was made man in nature, but separate from wickedness: the same was perfect God, and the same was perfect man; the same was in nature at once perfect God and man.”
+Saint Hippolitos of Rome.
“But the pious confession of the believer is that, with a view to our salvation, . . . the Creator of all things incorporated with Himself a rational soul and a sensible body from the all-holy Mary, ever-virgin, by an undefiled conception, without conversion, and was made man in nature, but separate from wickedness: the same was perfect God, and the same was perfect man; the same was in nature at once perfect God and man.” +Saint Hippolitos of Rome.
" Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking."
Daniel 5:5-6
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" Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking." Daniel 5:5-6 . Religious art by appropriation: icon. 2017 . #writingonthewall  #icon  #religiousart  #hand  #religiousiconography  #appropriation  #art  #signage  #print  #artarchive  #archiveart  #archive  #collection  #instructions  #rules  #hands  #touch  #bible  . matthewjameskay.com @the.real.matthew.kay
"Is that an alter?" he asked. "No, it's a statement?" I replied. The postcard reads: "Your heteronormative narrative decelebrates both my inner and outer body shapes." The Saints pictured on the plaque, which was purchased in Tiblisi, Georgia, are Peter and Paul.
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"Is that an alter?" he asked. "No, it's a statement?" I replied. The postcard reads: "Your heteronormative narrative decelebrates both my inner and outer body shapes." The Saints pictured on the plaque, which was purchased in Tiblisi, Georgia, are Peter and Paul. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••#Heternormativity  #Religion  #ReligiousIconography  #Icons  #Saints  #PeterandPaul  #Incense  #WhatsNormal  #Cat  #Kitten 
"Now the Church consists of both her earthly and heavenly parts, for the Son of God came to earth and became man that He might lead man into heaven and make him once again a citizen of Paradise, returning to him his original state of sinlessness and wholeness and uniting him unto Himself.

This is accomplished by the action of Divine grace grated through the Church, but man’s effort is also required. God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary; without it he cannot by saved. Striving towards God and cleaving unto the Lord by its humble love, the human soul obtains power to cleanse itself from sin and to strengthen itself for the struggle to complete victory over sin."
+ Saint John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.
"Now the Church consists of both her earthly and heavenly parts, for the Son of God came to earth and became man that He might lead man into heaven and make him once again a citizen of Paradise, returning to him his original state of sinlessness and wholeness and uniting him unto Himself. This is accomplished by the action of Divine grace grated through the Church, but man’s effort is also required. God saves His fallen creature by His own love for him, but man’s love for his Creator is also necessary; without it he cannot by saved. Striving towards God and cleaving unto the Lord by its humble love, the human soul obtains power to cleanse itself from sin and to strengthen itself for the struggle to complete victory over sin." + Saint John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.
"No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:62
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Mother Maria Skobtsova, New-Martyr of France:
Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris lived a life devoted to serving the poor and the marginalized. She was born Elizaveta Pilenko in 1891 in Riga, Latvia to devout Russian Orthodox parents. Her father died when she was fourteen, and her grief led her to atheism. As a young teenager she became involved in the socialist and intellectual circles in St. Petersburg. By eighteen she was a published poet and married to a Bolshevik. Her desire to actively serve the needy - more than simply discuss social change - led her back to a faith in Christ. She then became the first woman accepted to study at the Theological Academy of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg.

After the Bolshevik Revolution, she was elected Mayor of Anapa but had to flee Russia for Paris in 1923. Elizaveta was inspired to devote her life completely to serving the poor after her daughter, Nastia, died of meningitis in 1926. After her second marriage ended in 1932, Metropolitan Evlogii of Paris tonsured her a nun with the name Maria and blessed her to live a "monasticism in the world" devoted to social service.

Initially devoted to the Russian emigres in Paris, she founded a sanatorium along with homes to serve single mothers, families, and single men. By 1937, 120 dinners were served each day. Much of the work she did herself: begging for food, cooking the soup, and even embroidering the icons for their chapel.

By 1942, Maria's work turned to assisting the Jewish population. She helped Father Dimitri Klepinin issue fake baptismal certificates for Jews that came to their aide. In a mass arrest in July of that year, 12,884 Jews were taken to a sports stadium before being transferred to Auschwitz. Maria spent three days visiting the prisoners, bringing them food, and even rescuing some of the children by smuggling them out in trash cans. She also aided Jews in escaping to Southern France which was unoccupied by the Nazis.

Maria was arrested in February, 1943, and was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany. For two years, she raised the spirits of her fellow prisoners, helping them remember their human dignity.
Mother Maria Skobtsova, New-Martyr of France: Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris lived a life devoted to serving the poor and the marginalized. She was born Elizaveta Pilenko in 1891 in Riga, Latvia to devout Russian Orthodox parents. Her father died when she was fourteen, and her grief led her to atheism. As a young teenager she became involved in the socialist and intellectual circles in St. Petersburg. By eighteen she was a published poet and married to a Bolshevik. Her desire to actively serve the needy - more than simply discuss social change - led her back to a faith in Christ. She then became the first woman accepted to study at the Theological Academy of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg. After the Bolshevik Revolution, she was elected Mayor of Anapa but had to flee Russia for Paris in 1923. Elizaveta was inspired to devote her life completely to serving the poor after her daughter, Nastia, died of meningitis in 1926. After her second marriage ended in 1932, Metropolitan Evlogii of Paris tonsured her a nun with the name Maria and blessed her to live a "monasticism in the world" devoted to social service. Initially devoted to the Russian emigres in Paris, she founded a sanatorium along with homes to serve single mothers, families, and single men. By 1937, 120 dinners were served each day. Much of the work she did herself: begging for food, cooking the soup, and even embroidering the icons for their chapel. By 1942, Maria's work turned to assisting the Jewish population. She helped Father Dimitri Klepinin issue fake baptismal certificates for Jews that came to their aide. In a mass arrest in July of that year, 12,884 Jews were taken to a sports stadium before being transferred to Auschwitz. Maria spent three days visiting the prisoners, bringing them food, and even rescuing some of the children by smuggling them out in trash cans. She also aided Jews in escaping to Southern France which was unoccupied by the Nazis. Maria was arrested in February, 1943, and was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany. For two years, she raised the spirits of her fellow prisoners, helping them remember their human dignity.
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The Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah):
Elias of great fame was from Thisbe or Thesbe, a town of Galaad (Gilead), beyond the Jordan. He was of priestly lineage, a man of a solitary and ascetical character, clothed in a mantle of sheep skin, and girded about his loins with a leathern belt. His name is interpreted as "Yah is my God." His zeal for the glory of God was compared to fire, and his speech for teaching and rebuke was likened unto a burning lamp. From this too he received the name Zealot. Therefore, set aflame with such zeal, he sternly reproved the impiety and lawlessness of Ahab and his wife Jezebel. He shut up heaven by means of prayer, and it did not rain for three years and six months. Ravens brought him food for his need when, at God's command, he was hiding by the torrent of Horrath. He multiplied the little flour and oil of the poor widow of Sarephtha of Sidon, who had given him hospitality in her home, and when her son died, he raised him up. He brought down fire from Heaven upon Mount Carmel, and it burned up the sacrifice offered to God before all the people of Israel, that they might know the truth. At the torrent of Kisson, he slew 450 false prophets and priests who worshipped idols and led the people astray. He received food wondrously at the hand of an Angel, and being strengthened by this food he walked for forty days and forty nights. He beheld God on Mount Horeb, as far as this is possible for human nature. He foretold the destruction of the house of Ahab, and the death of his son Ohozias; and as for the two captains of fifty that were sent by the king, he burned them for their punishment, bringing fire down from Heaven. He divided the flow of the Jordan, and he and his disciple Elisseus passed through as it were on dry land; and finally, while speaking with him, Elias was suddenly snatched away by a fiery chariot in the year 895 B.C., and he ascended as though into heaven, whither God most certainly translated him alive, as He did Enoch (Gen. 5:24; IV Kings 2: 11).
The Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah): Elias of great fame was from Thisbe or Thesbe, a town of Galaad (Gilead), beyond the Jordan. He was of priestly lineage, a man of a solitary and ascetical character, clothed in a mantle of sheep skin, and girded about his loins with a leathern belt. His name is interpreted as "Yah is my God." His zeal for the glory of God was compared to fire, and his speech for teaching and rebuke was likened unto a burning lamp. From this too he received the name Zealot. Therefore, set aflame with such zeal, he sternly reproved the impiety and lawlessness of Ahab and his wife Jezebel. He shut up heaven by means of prayer, and it did not rain for three years and six months. Ravens brought him food for his need when, at God's command, he was hiding by the torrent of Horrath. He multiplied the little flour and oil of the poor widow of Sarephtha of Sidon, who had given him hospitality in her home, and when her son died, he raised him up. He brought down fire from Heaven upon Mount Carmel, and it burned up the sacrifice offered to God before all the people of Israel, that they might know the truth. At the torrent of Kisson, he slew 450 false prophets and priests who worshipped idols and led the people astray. He received food wondrously at the hand of an Angel, and being strengthened by this food he walked for forty days and forty nights. He beheld God on Mount Horeb, as far as this is possible for human nature. He foretold the destruction of the house of Ahab, and the death of his son Ohozias; and as for the two captains of fifty that were sent by the king, he burned them for their punishment, bringing fire down from Heaven. He divided the flow of the Jordan, and he and his disciple Elisseus passed through as it were on dry land; and finally, while speaking with him, Elias was suddenly snatched away by a fiery chariot in the year 895 B.C., and he ascended as though into heaven, whither God most certainly translated him alive, as He did Enoch (Gen. 5:24; IV Kings 2: 11).
Blessed Queen of the universe, 
thou knowest that we sinners have no intimacy with God whom thou hast borne.  But, putting our trust in thee,  through thy mediation we thy servants prostrate ourselves before the Lord:  for thou canst freely approach Him since He is thy son and our God.  Thus I, too, unworthy believer that I am, entreat thee, holy Queen,  that I may be allowed to perceive the gifts of grace bestowed on thee  and on the other saints,  and to understand how thou dost display so many virtues.  Simply thy giving birth to the Son of God shows that thou excellest all other beings.  For He Who, as creator of all,  knows all things before they come into existence,  found thy womb worthy of His indwelling.
+Prayer to the Theotokos by Saint Peter of Damascus.
Blessed Queen of the universe, thou knowest that we sinners have no intimacy with God whom thou hast borne. But, putting our trust in thee, through thy mediation we thy servants prostrate ourselves before the Lord: for thou canst freely approach Him since He is thy son and our God. Thus I, too, unworthy believer that I am, entreat thee, holy Queen, that I may be allowed to perceive the gifts of grace bestowed on thee and on the other saints, and to understand how thou dost display so many virtues. Simply thy giving birth to the Son of God shows that thou excellest all other beings. For He Who, as creator of all, knows all things before they come into existence, found thy womb worthy of His indwelling. +Prayer to the Theotokos by Saint Peter of Damascus.
Macrina the Righteous, sister of St. Basil:
Saint Macrina, the elder sister of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, was sought after by many as a bride because of her beauty, wisdom, and illustrious birth, and in tender youth was espoused by her parents to a bridegroom of fitting nobility. When her betrothed died, Macrina refused any other suitors, and devoted herself to a life of virginity, asceticism, and prayer. When her brother Basil returned from a brilliant career in the best schools of Constantinople and Athens, puffed up with not a little youthful pride-for knowledge puffeth up-it was the ardent admonitions and holy example of his blessed sister that persuaded him to turn from seeking worldly glory to the service of God. Saint Macrina founded a convent, where she ended her earthly life in the year 379, and was buried by her brother Gregory, who wrote a moving account of her last days and his grief at seeing such a light pass out of the world.

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Plagal Fourth Mode
The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Mother. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Macrina, your soul rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion
Fourth Mode
Since the light of righteousness shone brightly in thee, thou wast an example of the life of piety for all, teaching the virtues to them that cry: Rejoice, Macrina, thou boast of virginity.
Macrina the Righteous, sister of St. Basil: Saint Macrina, the elder sister of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, was sought after by many as a bride because of her beauty, wisdom, and illustrious birth, and in tender youth was espoused by her parents to a bridegroom of fitting nobility. When her betrothed died, Macrina refused any other suitors, and devoted herself to a life of virginity, asceticism, and prayer. When her brother Basil returned from a brilliant career in the best schools of Constantinople and Athens, puffed up with not a little youthful pride-for knowledge puffeth up-it was the ardent admonitions and holy example of his blessed sister that persuaded him to turn from seeking worldly glory to the service of God. Saint Macrina founded a convent, where she ended her earthly life in the year 379, and was buried by her brother Gregory, who wrote a moving account of her last days and his grief at seeing such a light pass out of the world. Apolytikion Plagal Fourth Mode The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Mother. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Macrina, your soul rejoices with the angels. Kontakion Fourth Mode Since the light of righteousness shone brightly in thee, thou wast an example of the life of piety for all, teaching the virtues to them that cry: Rejoice, Macrina, thou boast of virginity.
You can see all these plus all 10 of last year's Ritual Burial work at @oncanetwork gallery in Brighton from 23rd November. I will also be running a workshop during the exhibition sharing embellishment techniques and teaching how to make mini embroidered icons with designs exclusive to the show. Watch this space for more details! 💕💕
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You can see all these plus all 10 of last year's Ritual Burial work at @oncanetwork gallery in Brighton from 23rd November. I will also be running a workshop during the exhibition sharing embellishment techniques and teaching how to make mini embroidered icons with designs exclusive to the show. Watch this space for more details! 💕💕 . . . . . . . #embroidery  #handembroidery  #extinctanimals  #skull  #extincticons  #pagansofinstagram  #beading  #beadwork  #sequin  #silver  #goldwork  #embellishment  #textiles  #witchesofinstagram  #extinction  #contemporaryembroidery  #art  #textileart  #brighton  #brightonartist  #religiousart  #religiousiconography  #religiousicon  #handstitch  #modernembroidery  #fibreart  #fibreartist  #handmade  #stitchersofinstagram  #embroidered 
Translation of the Holy Relics of Righteous Seraphim of Sarov:
The uncovering of the holy relics of Saint Seraphim of Sarov on July 19, 1903 was attended by many thousands, among them the foremost of the clergy and royalty; the holy Tsar Nicholas II (see July 4) was one of the bearers of the relics in procession, and the Grand Duchess Elizabeth (see July 5) wrote an eyewitness account of the many miracles that took place. Not only had the Saint foretold the coming of the Tsar to his glorification, and that from joy they would chant "Christ is Risen" in summer, but he had also left a letter "for the fourth sovereign, who will come to Sarov." This was Nicholas II, who was given the letter when he came in 1903; the contents of the letter are not known, but when he had read it, the Tsar and future Martyr, though not a man to show his emotions, was visibly shaken. 
Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one, and ardently desiring to work for Him alone, thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labour; and having acquired love for Christ with compunction of heart, thou didst prove to be the beloved favourite of the Mother of God. Wherefore, we cry to thee: Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim, our holy Father.

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Second Mode
Having left the beauty of the world and what is corrupt therein, O Saint, thou didst settle in the Monastery of Sarov. And having lived there an angelic life, thou wast for many the way unto salvation. Wherefore, Christ hath glorified thee, O Father Seraphim, and hath enriched thee with the gift of healing and miracles. And so we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Seraphim, our holy Father.
Translation of the Holy Relics of Righteous Seraphim of Sarov: The uncovering of the holy relics of Saint Seraphim of Sarov on July 19, 1903 was attended by many thousands, among them the foremost of the clergy and royalty; the holy Tsar Nicholas II (see July 4) was one of the bearers of the relics in procession, and the Grand Duchess Elizabeth (see July 5) wrote an eyewitness account of the many miracles that took place. Not only had the Saint foretold the coming of the Tsar to his glorification, and that from joy they would chant "Christ is Risen" in summer, but he had also left a letter "for the fourth sovereign, who will come to Sarov." This was Nicholas II, who was given the letter when he came in 1903; the contents of the letter are not known, but when he had read it, the Tsar and future Martyr, though not a man to show his emotions, was visibly shaken. Apolytikion Fourth Mode Thou didst love Christ from thy youth, O blessed one, and ardently desiring to work for Him alone, thou didst struggle in the wilderness with constant prayer and labour; and having acquired love for Christ with compunction of heart, thou didst prove to be the beloved favourite of the Mother of God. Wherefore, we cry to thee: Save us by thy prayers, O Seraphim, our holy Father. Kontakion Second Mode Having left the beauty of the world and what is corrupt therein, O Saint, thou didst settle in the Monastery of Sarov. And having lived there an angelic life, thou wast for many the way unto salvation. Wherefore, Christ hath glorified thee, O Father Seraphim, and hath enriched thee with the gift of healing and miracles. And so we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Seraphim, our holy Father.
Michelangelo is best known as a visual artist, yet in his day he was also a respected man of letters. He produced several hundred sonnets and madrigals over his career, often jotting down stray lines of verse as he hammered away at statues in his workshop. Michelangelo’s poetry makes use of extensive wordplay, and touches on everything from sex and aging to his overactive bladder (he bemoans a “drippy duct compelling me awake too early”). While none of these works was formally published in his lifetime, they circulated widely among Rome’s 16th century literati, and composers even set some of them to music. Soft Enamel Pin Set Inspired by "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo. Each pin is 1.2" in width - Available now at pinmuseum.org (Link in Bio)
Michelangelo is best known as a visual artist, yet in his day he was also a respected man of letters. He produced several hundred sonnets and madrigals over his career, often jotting down stray lines of verse as he hammered away at statues in his workshop. Michelangelo’s poetry makes use of extensive wordplay, and touches on everything from sex and aging to his overactive bladder (he bemoans a “drippy duct compelling me awake too early”). While none of these works was formally published in his lifetime, they circulated widely among Rome’s 16th century literati, and composers even set some of them to music. Soft Enamel Pin Set Inspired by "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo. Each pin is 1.2" in width - Available now at pinmuseum.org (Link in Bio)
The thing I love most about eccentric devout Catholics, is that no matter how bizarre, no matter how creepy or weird the rest of the house or their collections there always seems to be small pockets of well lit statuary. This was one of the indoor/outdoor fountains. I believe this is Saint Anthony of Padua patron saint of lost things.

#houseontherock #religiousiconography #stanthony #ithink #serene #pretty #photography #picoftheday #lost #lightindarkness #horrorshow #travel
The thing I love most about eccentric devout Catholics, is that no matter how bizarre, no matter how creepy or weird the rest of the house or their collections there always seems to be small pockets of well lit statuary. This was one of the indoor/outdoor fountains. I believe this is Saint Anthony of Padua patron saint of lost things. #houseontherock  #religiousiconography  #stanthony  #ithink  #serene  #pretty  #photography  #picoftheday  #lost  #lightindarkness  #horrorshow  #travel 
Holy Martyr Emilian:
This Martyr was from Dorostolum in Thrace, the servant of a certain pagan in the days of Julian the Apostate (361-363). As a fervent Christian, Emilian abominated the error of the pagans, and one day entered the temple and broke all the idols with a hammer. Seeing that others were arrested and beaten for this, he gave himself up of his own accord. He was mercilessly whipped, then cast into a fire, in which he gave up his soul without his body suffering harm.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Kontakion
Third Mode
O divine Emilian, since zeal for God burned within thee, thou wast not afraid of fire, thy fellow creature and servant; fearlessly and of thine own will, thou wentest forward and wast not consumed therein by the flames' hot fury, as a sacrifice to Christ God, O glorious martyr; pray that we all may be saved.
Holy Martyr Emilian: This Martyr was from Dorostolum in Thrace, the servant of a certain pagan in the days of Julian the Apostate (361-363). As a fervent Christian, Emilian abominated the error of the pagans, and one day entered the temple and broke all the idols with a hammer. Seeing that others were arrested and beaten for this, he gave himself up of his own accord. He was mercilessly whipped, then cast into a fire, in which he gave up his soul without his body suffering harm. Apolytikion Fourth Mode Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful. Kontakion Third Mode O divine Emilian, since zeal for God burned within thee, thou wast not afraid of fire, thy fellow creature and servant; fearlessly and of thine own will, thou wentest forward and wast not consumed therein by the flames' hot fury, as a sacrifice to Christ God, O glorious martyr; pray that we all may be saved.
Blessed be the hands whose touch is fire
Blessed be a death that takes you higher
Whatever your faith is, that verily is you
The crack in the skull, the knife that cuts you through
-Tribulation

#tribulation#deathmetal#gothicmetal#gothic#swedishdeathmetal#melancholia#religiousiconography#occult#occultart#esoteric#allseeingeye#art
Not a great pic but I've always had a thing for #religiousiconography
By @mother_eagle_embroidery 😍
This 1 minute video shows me doing a little cutwork over felt padding, using copper smooth purl and copper wire check. You can see me measure each piece individually, 'cracking' the metal and then cutting it acurately with my goldwork scissors, before stitching it down like a bead. Takes me about an hour to do one of the spikes 😊
By @mother_eagle_embroidery 😍 This 1 minute video shows me doing a little cutwork over felt padding, using copper smooth purl and copper wire check. You can see me measure each piece individually, 'cracking' the metal and then cutting it acurately with my goldwork scissors, before stitching it down like a bead. Takes me about an hour to do one of the spikes 😊
What is Devotion?

Is it the fact that i admire 
all that you are and all that you have become
with a deep reverence  and humility 
at your true beauty?

Is it the fact that all my actions...
impulsive, selfish/selfless
are weighed against yours
wanting them to mean the same thing?

Is it the fact that of all the people in the world 
I'd be willing to die for...
YOU
are one of the small handful I'd be willing to
LIVE for? - #dahliamholmes November 27th, 2006

#perspective #adventurer #sidewalkstories #thingsyoufindinolddiaries #poetry #prose #marsaflame #ruminations #churches #religiousiconography #historicbuildings #stonework #seeninpassing #Blueskies #Blueseries #beautifulday
What is Devotion? Is it the fact that i admire all that you are and all that you have become with a deep reverence and humility at your true beauty? Is it the fact that all my actions... impulsive, selfish/selfless are weighed against yours wanting them to mean the same thing? Is it the fact that of all the people in the world I'd be willing to die for... YOU are one of the small handful I'd be willing to LIVE for? - #dahliamholmes  November 27th, 2006 #perspective  #adventurer  #sidewalkstories  #thingsyoufindinolddiaries  #poetry  #prose  #marsaflame  #ruminations  #churches  #religiousiconography  #historicbuildings  #stonework  #seeninpassing  #Blueskies  #Blueseries  #beautifulday 
I've had requests to see the whole series of my #ExtinctIcons so here they are, in no particular order, just how they fitted on my landing 😉 also last chance to enter my giveaway, details in last Thursday's post!
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I've had requests to see the whole series of my #ExtinctIcons  so here they are, in no particular order, just how they fitted on my landing 😉 also last chance to enter my giveaway, details in last Thursday's post! . . . . . . . . #embroidery  #handembroidery  #extinctanimals  #skull  #beading  #beadwork  #sequin  #silver  #goldwork  #embellishment  #textiles  #extinction  #contemporaryembroidery  #刺繍  #アップリケ  #broderie  #bordado  #вышивка  #art  #textileart  #brightonartist  #religiousart  #religiousiconography  #religiousicon  #modernembroidery  #fibreart  #fibreartist  #stitchersofinstagram  #embroidered 
Doesn't matter what kind of philosophy or religion you're into, I'm covering most bases. #religion #philosophies #nun #religiousiconography #antonlavey #thedevil #satanism #jesusmalverde #thepope #holymary #ghanesha #jesus #christianconservativecoloringbook #quranfamilygame
The Holy Great Martyr Marina (Margaret):
This Martyr lived during the reign of Claudius II (268-270). She was from Pisidia of Cilicia and was the only daughter of a certain priest of the idols. On being orphaned by her mother, she was handed over to a certain woman who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. When she was fifteen years old, she was apprehended by the ruler of Olmbrius, and when asked her name, homeland, and faith, she answered: "My name is Marina; I am the offspring of the Pisidia; I call upon the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ." Because of this she endured bonds, imprisonment, and many whippings, and was finally beheaded in the year 270. Saint Marina is especially invoked for deliverance from demonic possession.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.

Kontakion
Third Mode
Adorned with the beauty of Purity, O Virgin; crowned with the stigmata of martyrdom; stained with the blood of your struggles; and brilliantly radiant with healing wonders, piously, O Marina, you received the trophy of victory for your struggles.
The Holy Great Martyr Marina (Margaret): This Martyr lived during the reign of Claudius II (268-270). She was from Pisidia of Cilicia and was the only daughter of a certain priest of the idols. On being orphaned by her mother, she was handed over to a certain woman who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. When she was fifteen years old, she was apprehended by the ruler of Olmbrius, and when asked her name, homeland, and faith, she answered: "My name is Marina; I am the offspring of the Pisidia; I call upon the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ." Because of this she endured bonds, imprisonment, and many whippings, and was finally beheaded in the year 270. Saint Marina is especially invoked for deliverance from demonic possession. Apolytikion Fourth Mode O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy. Kontakion Third Mode Adorned with the beauty of Purity, O Virgin; crowned with the stigmata of martyrdom; stained with the blood of your struggles; and brilliantly radiant with healing wonders, piously, O Marina, you received the trophy of victory for your struggles.
A rather bizarre find, at the rather eccentric 16th century Snowshill Manor near Tewkesbury today. Can only be described as 'disembodied head of Jesus on a wall'. Beautiful in a strange way.
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Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev:
Grandson of Saint Olga, Saint Vladimir ascended the throne of Kiev in 980. Though a zealous idolater, he was illumined by the grace of God, accepted the Christian Faith, and completely changed his ways. He was baptized in Cherson in 988, receiving the name Basil; he came forth from the font not only healed of a blindness lately afflicting him, but also from being passionate and warlike, he became meek, peaceable, and exceedingly godly. Whereas his grandmother had refused marriage with the Emperor in Constantinople (see July 11), he married Anna, sister of the Emperors Basil and Constantine, and was accompanied home by priests from Constantinople. Diligently seeking to spread Christianity throughout his realm like a new Constantine, he destroyed the idols (having the chief diety Perun scourged and then cast into the Dnieper River), and summoned all his subjects to Holy Baptism. He reposed in peace in 1015.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
Thou wast like a merchant who seeketh a goodly pearl, O glorious Sovereign Vladimir, sitting on the height of the throne of the mother of cities, God-protected Kiev. Searching and sending to the imperial city to know the Orthodox Faith, thou didst find Christ, the priceless Pearl, Who chose thee as a second Paul, and Who did shake off thy spiritual and bodily blindness in the holy font. Wherefore, we who are thy people celebrate thy falling asleep. Pray that thy land of Russia be saved, and that Orthodox people be granted peace and great mercy.

Kontakion
Plagal Fourth Mode
Like the great Apostle Paul, O most glorious Vladimir, in thy maturity thou didst forsake all zeal for idols and a childish sophism, and as a full-grown man thou wast adorned with the royal purple of divine Baptism. And now as thou standest in joy in the presence of Christ our Saviour, pray that thy land of Russia be saved, and that Orthodox people be granted peace and great mercy.
Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev: Grandson of Saint Olga, Saint Vladimir ascended the throne of Kiev in 980. Though a zealous idolater, he was illumined by the grace of God, accepted the Christian Faith, and completely changed his ways. He was baptized in Cherson in 988, receiving the name Basil; he came forth from the font not only healed of a blindness lately afflicting him, but also from being passionate and warlike, he became meek, peaceable, and exceedingly godly. Whereas his grandmother had refused marriage with the Emperor in Constantinople (see July 11), he married Anna, sister of the Emperors Basil and Constantine, and was accompanied home by priests from Constantinople. Diligently seeking to spread Christianity throughout his realm like a new Constantine, he destroyed the idols (having the chief diety Perun scourged and then cast into the Dnieper River), and summoned all his subjects to Holy Baptism. He reposed in peace in 1015. Apolytikion Fourth Mode Thou wast like a merchant who seeketh a goodly pearl, O glorious Sovereign Vladimir, sitting on the height of the throne of the mother of cities, God-protected Kiev. Searching and sending to the imperial city to know the Orthodox Faith, thou didst find Christ, the priceless Pearl, Who chose thee as a second Paul, and Who did shake off thy spiritual and bodily blindness in the holy font. Wherefore, we who are thy people celebrate thy falling asleep. Pray that thy land of Russia be saved, and that Orthodox people be granted peace and great mercy. Kontakion Plagal Fourth Mode Like the great Apostle Paul, O most glorious Vladimir, in thy maturity thou didst forsake all zeal for idols and a childish sophism, and as a full-grown man thou wast adorned with the royal purple of divine Baptism. And now as thou standest in joy in the presence of Christ our Saviour, pray that thy land of Russia be saved, and that Orthodox people be granted peace and great mercy.
Our Lady (from an second hand market in Örebro) and roses

#roses #ourlady #virginmary #religiousstatue ##catholic #kitsch #religiousiconography #secondhand #marketfind
When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."
Exodus 33:22 - 23
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Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel:
It is believed that the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel was transferred to this day from March 26 so that it could be celebrated more festively than in the period of the Great Fast; and, in fact, all the miracles of the Archangel are celebrated on this feast day, which has been listed here in the church books since the ninth century.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: "Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high! "

Kontakion
Fourth Mode
As thou beholdest the glory of God in Heaven, and on earth dost bestow grace from on high, O leader of Angels, wise Gabriel, minister of the glory of God, and divine defender of the world, save and keep them that cry to thee: Be thyself our helper, and no one can be against us.
Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel: It is believed that the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel was transferred to this day from March 26 so that it could be celebrated more festively than in the period of the Great Fast; and, in fact, all the miracles of the Archangel are celebrated on this feast day, which has been listed here in the church books since the ninth century. Apolytikion Fourth Mode O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: "Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high! " Kontakion Fourth Mode As thou beholdest the glory of God in Heaven, and on earth dost bestow grace from on high, O leader of Angels, wise Gabriel, minister of the glory of God, and divine defender of the world, save and keep them that cry to thee: Be thyself our helper, and no one can be against us.
Over very worked skin so it's a bit raised. Almost done on this sleeve. One more sitting to go. Thank you Darren as always #tattooart #dagger #flowers #heart #blackandgreytattoo #envyneedles #eternalheart #femaletattooartist #customtattoo #customtattooartist #bespoketattoostudio #studiolove #religiousiconography
For those who prefer to randomly discover their religious iconography, try a hipster cafe at the edge of #nolita...
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Another interesting thing I found today at the curiosa market in Hoorn: a bust of Jesus Malverde, the Mexican narcosaint/angel of the poor. According to legend, Malverde was a kind of Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave it to the poor. You might have seen this in an episode of Breaking Bad, where a DEA agent, who keeps a Malverde bust on his desk "to help him know his enemy" refers to him as the 'patron saint of drug dealers. But Malverde appeals mainly to the poor, the handicapped, construction workers and immigrants. The belief is that Malverde helps and protects all those that need it, regardless of social standing. #jesusmalverde #folksaint #mexicanfolksaint #patronsaint #mexican #bust #folktales #angelofthepoor #religiousiconography #bandit #sinaloa #banditking #narcosaint
Another interesting thing I found today at the curiosa market in Hoorn: a bust of Jesus Malverde, the Mexican narcosaint/angel of the poor. According to legend, Malverde was a kind of Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave it to the poor. You might have seen this in an episode of Breaking Bad, where a DEA agent, who keeps a Malverde bust on his desk "to help him know his enemy" refers to him as the 'patron saint of drug dealers. But Malverde appeals mainly to the poor, the handicapped, construction workers and immigrants. The belief is that Malverde helps and protects all those that need it, regardless of social standing. #jesusmalverde  #folksaint  #mexicanfolksaint  #patronsaint  #mexican  #bust  #folktales  #angelofthepoor  #religiousiconography  #bandit  #sinaloa  #banditking  #narcosaint 
\\ Saint Benjamin //
The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial, and the last member of the family Thylacinidae. Also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Wolf, it was a shy, nocturnal creature similar to a medium/large dog except for it's pouch and dark tiger stripes on its back. 
Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties, combined with the introduction of dogs and human encroachment into its habitat wiped them out in 1930. 
The last captive Thylacine, Benjamin, lived in the Hobart Zoo for 3 years. He died on 7th September 1936 as a result of neglect - locked out of his sleeping quarters, he succumbed to exposure. Last year was the 80th anniversary of the loss of this species. 
#EndExtinction
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\\ Saint Benjamin // The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial, and the last member of the family Thylacinidae. Also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Wolf, it was a shy, nocturnal creature similar to a medium/large dog except for it's pouch and dark tiger stripes on its back. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties, combined with the introduction of dogs and human encroachment into its habitat wiped them out in 1930. The last captive Thylacine, Benjamin, lived in the Hobart Zoo for 3 years. He died on 7th September 1936 as a result of neglect - locked out of his sleeping quarters, he succumbed to exposure. Last year was the 80th anniversary of the loss of this species. #EndExtinction  . . . . . . #embroidery  #handembroidery  #extinctanimals  #thylacine  #tasmaniantiger  #skull  #wip  #extincticons  #pagansofinstagram  #beading  #beadwork  #sequin  #copper  #goldwork  #embellishment  #witchesofinstagram  #extinction  #art  #textileart  #brighton  #brightonartist  #religiousart  #religiousiconography  #religiousicon  #handstitch  #modernembroidery  #fibreart  #fibreartist 
Saint Paisios the Athonite:
On July 25, 1924, the future Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor. The family’s spiritual father, the priest-monk Arsenios (the now canonized St. Arsenios of Cappadocia), baptized the babe with his own name, prophesying his future profession as a monk. A week after the baptism (and barely a month after his birth) Arsenios was driven, along with his family, out of Asia Minor by the Turks. St. Arsenios guided his flock along their four-hundred-mile trek to Greece. After a number of stops along the way, Arsenios’ family finally ended up in the town of Konitsa in Epiros (northwestern Greece). St. Arsenios had reposed, as he had prophesied, forty days after their establishment in Greece, and he left as his spiritual heir the infant Arsenios.

The young Arsenios was wholly given over to God and spent his free time in the silence of nature, where he would pray for hours on end. Having completed his elementary education, he learned the trade of carpentry. He worked as a carpenter until his mandatory military service. He served in the army during the dangerous days of the end of World War II. Arsenios was brave and self-sacrificing, always desiring to put his own life at risk so as to spare his brother. He was particularly concerned about his fellow soldiers who had left wives and children to serve.Having completed his obligation to his country, Arsenios received his discharge in 1949 and greatly desired to begin his monastic life on the Holy Mountain. Before being able to settle there, however, he had to fulfill his responsibility to his family, to look after his sisters, who were as yet unmarried. Having provided for his sisters’ future, he was free to begin his monastic vocation with a clean conscience. In 1950 he arrived on Mount Athos, where he learned his first lessons in the monastic way from the virtuous ascetic Fr. Kyril (the future abbot of Koutloumousiou Monastery); but he was unable to stay at his side as he had hoped, and so was sent to the Monastery of Esphigmenou. He was a novice there for four years, after which he was tonsured a monk in 1954 with the name Averkios.
Saint Paisios the Athonite: On July 25, 1924, the future Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor. The family’s spiritual father, the priest-monk Arsenios (the now canonized St. Arsenios of Cappadocia), baptized the babe with his own name, prophesying his future profession as a monk. A week after the baptism (and barely a month after his birth) Arsenios was driven, along with his family, out of Asia Minor by the Turks. St. Arsenios guided his flock along their four-hundred-mile trek to Greece. After a number of stops along the way, Arsenios’ family finally ended up in the town of Konitsa in Epiros (northwestern Greece). St. Arsenios had reposed, as he had prophesied, forty days after their establishment in Greece, and he left as his spiritual heir the infant Arsenios. The young Arsenios was wholly given over to God and spent his free time in the silence of nature, where he would pray for hours on end. Having completed his elementary education, he learned the trade of carpentry. He worked as a carpenter until his mandatory military service. He served in the army during the dangerous days of the end of World War II. Arsenios was brave and self-sacrificing, always desiring to put his own life at risk so as to spare his brother. He was particularly concerned about his fellow soldiers who had left wives and children to serve.Having completed his obligation to his country, Arsenios received his discharge in 1949 and greatly desired to begin his monastic life on the Holy Mountain. Before being able to settle there, however, he had to fulfill his responsibility to his family, to look after his sisters, who were as yet unmarried. Having provided for his sisters’ future, he was free to begin his monastic vocation with a clean conscience. In 1950 he arrived on Mount Athos, where he learned his first lessons in the monastic way from the virtuous ascetic Fr. Kyril (the future abbot of Koutloumousiou Monastery); but he was unable to stay at his side as he had hoped, and so was sent to the Monastery of Esphigmenou. He was a novice there for four years, after which he was tonsured a monk in 1954 with the name Averkios.
This creature is ready to meet the world!! Her virginal radiance is ready to be tainted!
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Euphemia the Great Martyr:
In 451, during the reign of the Sovereigns Marcian and Pulcheria, the Fourth Ecumenical Council was convoked in Chalcedon against Eutyches and those of like mind with him. After much debate, the Fathers who were the defenders of Orthodoxy, being 630 in number, agreed among themselves and with those who were of contrary mind, to write their respective definitions of faith in separate books, and to ask God to confirm the truth in this matter. When they had prepared these texts, they placed the two tomes in the case that held Saint Euphemia's relics, sealed it, and departed. After three days of night-long supplications, they opened the reliquary in the presence of the Emperor, and found the tome of the heretics under the feet of the Martyr, and that of the Orthodox in her right hand. (For her life, see Sept. 16.) Apolytikion
Third Mode
O Euphemia, Christ's comely virgin, thou didst fill the Orthodox with gladness and didst cover with shame all the heretics; for at the holy Fourth Council in Chalcedon, thou didst confirm what the Fathers decreed aright. O all-glorious Great Martyr, do thou entreat Christ God that His great mercy may be granted unto us.

Kontakion
Second Mode
You made fervent effort in your struggles of trial, in your struggles of faith for Christ your bridegroom. But even now, intercede with the Theotokos that the heresies and insolence of enemies be trod beneath the feet of our rulers, O All Praised, who received and kept the Decree of the 630 God-bearing Fathers.
Euphemia the Great Martyr: In 451, during the reign of the Sovereigns Marcian and Pulcheria, the Fourth Ecumenical Council was convoked in Chalcedon against Eutyches and those of like mind with him. After much debate, the Fathers who were the defenders of Orthodoxy, being 630 in number, agreed among themselves and with those who were of contrary mind, to write their respective definitions of faith in separate books, and to ask God to confirm the truth in this matter. When they had prepared these texts, they placed the two tomes in the case that held Saint Euphemia's relics, sealed it, and departed. After three days of night-long supplications, they opened the reliquary in the presence of the Emperor, and found the tome of the heretics under the feet of the Martyr, and that of the Orthodox in her right hand. (For her life, see Sept. 16.) Apolytikion Third Mode O Euphemia, Christ's comely virgin, thou didst fill the Orthodox with gladness and didst cover with shame all the heretics; for at the holy Fourth Council in Chalcedon, thou didst confirm what the Fathers decreed aright. O all-glorious Great Martyr, do thou entreat Christ God that His great mercy may be granted unto us. Kontakion Second Mode You made fervent effort in your struggles of trial, in your struggles of faith for Christ your bridegroom. But even now, intercede with the Theotokos that the heresies and insolence of enemies be trod beneath the feet of our rulers, O All Praised, who received and kept the Decree of the 630 God-bearing Fathers.
I mean I knew what an amazing, supportive and kind bunch of people followed me, but damn. You got me blushing over here! Thanks for all the love on my last (and all!) post. Just to let you know, it is a very good photo, taken last birthday, and I had fake lashes on and everything. So it's me on a very good day. Normally I can be found in sweats with bed hair sewing like a crazy person, so y'know, let's keep it real. Normal anonymous service will now resume. 😘😘
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I mean I knew what an amazing, supportive and kind bunch of people followed me, but damn. You got me blushing over here! Thanks for all the love on my last (and all!) post. Just to let you know, it is a very good photo, taken last birthday, and I had fake lashes on and everything. So it's me on a very good day. Normally I can be found in sweats with bed hair sewing like a crazy person, so y'know, let's keep it real. Normal anonymous service will now resume. 😘😘 . . . . . #embroidery  #handembroidery  #extinctanimals  #thylacine  #tasmaniantiger  #skull  #wip  #extincticons  #rosegold  #beading  #beadwork  #tambour  #sequin  #copper  #goldwork  #embellishment  #extinction  #contemporaryembroidery  #religiousart  #religiousiconography  #religiousicon  #handstitch  #modernembroidery  #stitch  #thread  #fibreart  #fibreartist  #handmade  #stitchersofinstagram  #embroidered 
The holiest of walls..like I put a lot of holes in it.. #religiousiconography #jesus #crucifix #catholicism #religiousart
My most talented friend Arthur from @babylonfloraldesign used some of my headdresses in a recent floral installation he did at Symposium X in Seattle! *
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Saint Lucy
(I've always been fascinated by Catholic iconography. Being brought up in that nasty business called Christian fundamentalism, I eventually veered away from it -thank God!- and found myself appreciating the iconography my fundamentalist pastors and parents told me were nothing but "demons in disguise" -namely catholic saints and images. Needless to say, if they're demons in disguise, well all the more FUN, and if they're just actual passed Catholics or even pagan gods disguised as "saints", well it doesn't much worry me either way. I just love the images and the passion and love the few known and the many unknown artists put into their Spiritual artworks. That to me is what makes them "holy".) #sacredart #saintlucy #iconography #religiousiconography #art #portrait #spirtualart #saints #folkart #voodoo #hoodoo #occultart #folkmagic #expressionism #instaart #graphic #art #design #creative #topdesigner #painting #figurative #painterly #instaart #graphic #art #design #creative #topdesigner #painting #figurative #painterly
Saint Lucy (I've always been fascinated by Catholic iconography. Being brought up in that nasty business called Christian fundamentalism, I eventually veered away from it -thank God!- and found myself appreciating the iconography my fundamentalist pastors and parents told me were nothing but "demons in disguise" -namely catholic saints and images. Needless to say, if they're demons in disguise, well all the more FUN, and if they're just actual passed Catholics or even pagan gods disguised as "saints", well it doesn't much worry me either way. I just love the images and the passion and love the few known and the many unknown artists put into their Spiritual artworks. That to me is what makes them "holy".) #sacredart  #saintlucy  #iconography  #religiousiconography  #art  #portrait  #spirtualart  #saints  #folkart  #voodoo  #hoodoo  #occultart  #folkmagic  #expressionism  #instaart  #graphic  #art  #design  #creative  #topdesigner  #painting  #figurative  #painterly  #instaart  #graphic  #art  #design  #creative  #topdesigner  #painting  #figurative  #painterly 
The Holy Great Martyr Procopius:
The holy Martyr Procopius was born of a pious father named Christopher, but his mother Theodosia was an idolater. After Christopher's death, she presented Neanias - for this was the Saint's name before - to Diocletian, who was at Antioch in Syria. Diocletian made him Duke of Alexandria, and sent him there to punish the Christians. On the way to Alexandria, our Lord spoke to Neanias as once He had to Saul, and turned this new persecutor to faith in Him. Neanias turned back to Scythopolis, and preached Christ. He was betrayed by his own mother, and was arrested and tormented in Caesarea of Palestine. While he was in prison, the Lord appeared to him again and gave him the new name of Procopius (which is derived from the Greek word meaning "progress, advancement"). He was brought out of prison and taken to worship the idols, but at his prayer, the idols fell; many then believed in Christ and suffered martyrdom, among them certain soldiers, twelve women of senatorial rank, and the Saint's own mother, Theodosia. Saint Procopius, after further torments and imprisonment, was beheaded about the year 290.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Kontakion
Second Mode
Devoutly aflame with godly zeal for Christ thy Lord, and armed with the strength and power of the precious Cross, thou didst cast down headlong thy foes' exalted pride, O Procopius, exalting Christ's holy Church, advancing in faith and shedding light on us.
The Holy Great Martyr Procopius: The holy Martyr Procopius was born of a pious father named Christopher, but his mother Theodosia was an idolater. After Christopher's death, she presented Neanias - for this was the Saint's name before - to Diocletian, who was at Antioch in Syria. Diocletian made him Duke of Alexandria, and sent him there to punish the Christians. On the way to Alexandria, our Lord spoke to Neanias as once He had to Saul, and turned this new persecutor to faith in Him. Neanias turned back to Scythopolis, and preached Christ. He was betrayed by his own mother, and was arrested and tormented in Caesarea of Palestine. While he was in prison, the Lord appeared to him again and gave him the new name of Procopius (which is derived from the Greek word meaning "progress, advancement"). He was brought out of prison and taken to worship the idols, but at his prayer, the idols fell; many then believed in Christ and suffered martyrdom, among them certain soldiers, twelve women of senatorial rank, and the Saint's own mother, Theodosia. Saint Procopius, after further torments and imprisonment, was beheaded about the year 290. Apolytikion Fourth Mode Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received the prize of the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful. Kontakion Second Mode Devoutly aflame with godly zeal for Christ thy Lord, and armed with the strength and power of the precious Cross, thou didst cast down headlong thy foes' exalted pride, O Procopius, exalting Christ's holy Church, advancing in faith and shedding light on us.
Appearance of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Kazan:
In Kazan, in 1579, the nine-year old Matrona, whose parents' home had burned down in a fire, had a dream in which she beheld an icon of the Theotokos and heard a voice commanding her to recover this icon from the ashes of the ruined house. The icon was found wrapped in an old piece of cloth under the stove, where it may have been hidden during the Tartar invasions. The icon was finally brought to the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, where it became renowned for the healings that the Mother of God wrought through it for the blind; hence the custom of praying before this holy icon for help in blindness and eye diseases. Tsar Ivan the Terrible had a convent built at the place of the icon's discovery; this, however, was destroyed by the Bolsheviks after the Revolution, and a factory was built in its stead. The feast was established in 1595. The icon of Kazan is one of the most beloved icons of the Mother of God in Russia.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
O Fervent intercessor, Mother of the Lord Most High, thou prayest for all to thy Son, Christ our God, and thou causest all to be saved who have recourse to thy powerful protection. O Sovereign Lady and Queen, help and defend all of us who in troubles and trials, in pain and burdened with many sins, stand before thy most pure icon in thy presence, and pray to thee with compunction of soul, contrition of heart, and with tears, and who have unflagging hope in thee. Grant to all what is good for us, deliverance from all evil, and save us all, O Virgin Theotokos, for thou art a divine protection to thy servants.

Kontakion
Plagal Fourth Mode
Let us run, O ye peoples, to that quiet and good haven, to the speedy helper, to the ready and warm salvation, to the Virgin's protection. Let us hurry to prayer and hasten to repentance; for the most pure Theotokos poureth out of us unfailing mercy, anticipateth our needs with her help, and delivereth from great disasters and evils her upright and God-fearing servants.
Appearance of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Kazan: In Kazan, in 1579, the nine-year old Matrona, whose parents' home had burned down in a fire, had a dream in which she beheld an icon of the Theotokos and heard a voice commanding her to recover this icon from the ashes of the ruined house. The icon was found wrapped in an old piece of cloth under the stove, where it may have been hidden during the Tartar invasions. The icon was finally brought to the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, where it became renowned for the healings that the Mother of God wrought through it for the blind; hence the custom of praying before this holy icon for help in blindness and eye diseases. Tsar Ivan the Terrible had a convent built at the place of the icon's discovery; this, however, was destroyed by the Bolsheviks after the Revolution, and a factory was built in its stead. The feast was established in 1595. The icon of Kazan is one of the most beloved icons of the Mother of God in Russia. Apolytikion Fourth Mode O Fervent intercessor, Mother of the Lord Most High, thou prayest for all to thy Son, Christ our God, and thou causest all to be saved who have recourse to thy powerful protection. O Sovereign Lady and Queen, help and defend all of us who in troubles and trials, in pain and burdened with many sins, stand before thy most pure icon in thy presence, and pray to thee with compunction of soul, contrition of heart, and with tears, and who have unflagging hope in thee. Grant to all what is good for us, deliverance from all evil, and save us all, O Virgin Theotokos, for thou art a divine protection to thy servants. Kontakion Plagal Fourth Mode Let us run, O ye peoples, to that quiet and good haven, to the speedy helper, to the ready and warm salvation, to the Virgin's protection. Let us hurry to prayer and hasten to repentance; for the most pure Theotokos poureth out of us unfailing mercy, anticipateth our needs with her help, and delivereth from great disasters and evils her upright and God-fearing servants.
Kyriake the Great Martyr:
Saint Kyriake was the daughter of Christian parents, Dorotheus and Eusebia. She was given her name because she was born on Sunday, the day of the Lord (in Greek, Kyriake). She contested in Nicomedia during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 300. After many bitter torments she was condemned to suffer beheading, but being granted time to pray first, she made her prayer and gave up her holy soul in peace.

Apolytikion
Fourth Mode
O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.

Kontakion
Second Mode
The Martyr of Christ hath called us all together now to praise and acclaim her wrestlings and her godly feats; for possessed of manliness of mind, she hath proved to be worthy of her name, being lady and mistress of her mind and the passions of unseemliness.
Kyriake the Great Martyr: Saint Kyriake was the daughter of Christian parents, Dorotheus and Eusebia. She was given her name because she was born on Sunday, the day of the Lord (in Greek, Kyriake). She contested in Nicomedia during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 300. After many bitter torments she was condemned to suffer beheading, but being granted time to pray first, she made her prayer and gave up her holy soul in peace. Apolytikion Fourth Mode O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy. Kontakion Second Mode The Martyr of Christ hath called us all together now to praise and acclaim her wrestlings and her godly feats; for possessed of manliness of mind, she hath proved to be worthy of her name, being lady and mistress of her mind and the passions of unseemliness.