Golden Legend – Saint Silvester Here followeth the Life of Saint Silvester. The interpretation of his name.Silvester is said of sile or sol which is light, and of terra the earth, as who saith the light of the earth, that is of the church. Or Silvester is said of silvas and of trahens, [...]
28th 12th 2015 - An Australian Lectionary 2 days day late according to the Universal Calendar but I thought this worth re-posting.
Nearly half of the stone crosses found in Wales occur in Glamorgan, which was most open to cultural influences from the east. The localized style in Glamorgan is known for the paneled or cartwheel cross-slab. There were three major workshops in Glamorgan; Lllantwit Major, Margam and Methyr Mawr. This wheel cross is from a [...]
“One who truly has faith in Divine Providence, fears nothing; certainly not pastors, mullahs and other Southern Baptist types, with their dogma, fear-mongering, war-mongering, homophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism and cultic conspiracy theories.”
~ Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
Ancient Pre-Christian Celtic Spirituality
Lived: | Feast Day: Friday, December 25, 2015 On this day the Church focuses especially on the newborn Child, God become human, who embodies for us all the hope and peace we seek. We need no other special saint today to lead us to Christ in the manger, although his mother Mary and Joseph, caring [...]
Today, September 8th, the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. A beautiful feast, celebrating the birth of the future birth-giver of God. There’s nothing in the Bible about the birth of Mary, so the church has relied on sources outside the Bible. Joachim and Anna, the parents of Mary, were a pious Jewish couple, among the faithful remnant who were waiting for the Messiah. They were barren and earnestly prayed for a child. Their faith was rewarded and miraculously conceived and gave birth to Mary. Uniquely in the Orthodox tradition, the conception of Mary is represented by showing Joachim and Anna embracing! It is very rare in Orthodox iconography to show such intimacy between a man and a woman.
The birth itself is shown in great detail, with the midwife and other attending women shown. What is even…
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St. Samthann of Clonbroney Biography Of the four female early Irish saints with extant Latin Lives (Saints Brigit, Íte, Monenna and Samthann), chronologically Samthann is the latest, with the Annals of Ulster listing her death in 739. This is also the earliest annals mention of her monastery at Clonbroney (Ir. Clúan-bróaig) near modern Ballinalee, County [...]