Hi Terry -Would you care to respond to Anne Rice on Amazon's Christianity discussion forum, regarding any of the subjects she is so sadly wrong about?Start here:http://www.amazon.com/tag/christianity/forum/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg41?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx77WQHU8YS50Z&cdPage=41&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx3L6YU48YI4J5M&displayType=tagsDetail Here's another:http://www.amazon.com/tag/christianity/forum/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx77WQHU8YS50Z&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx1T3EXSEQWECLC&displayType=tagsDetail
It is also the Feast of the Mother of God of the Sign.
Hi Rhapsody - I'll check it out - thanks. Happy holiday weekend to you as well! God bless.
Thanks much Henry - I didn't know that - it is my favorite image of Our Lady - one I have painted numerous times. God bless you and may Our Lady protect you - another favorite image - the Protection of the Mother of God.
TerryYou are welcome -- and I'm glad to hear it is one you have painted many times. It is a beautiful icon, and so meaningful. I always loved seeing it in the parish I was at when I lived in the DC Area -- there was a nice one right above the altar which I contemplated many times during the Divine Liturgy. Reading your post, I found it interesting that a Western and an Eastern Marian Feast came together on one day (sometimes, I lose track of Western Feast). What I really felt was special is that these two serve to work together to show something great about Mary: the immaculate conception was the precondition for Mary's conception of Christ! The Protection of the Mother of God is indeed a good one, and has important theological aspects to it which are reflected in my own contemplations. Nonetheless, outside of Sophiological icons, my other favorite Marian icon is that of Mary as "Joy of All Who Sorrow" because it has a special meaning to me (to show, that for all our sorrows, one can still find joy).
Happy feast of the miraculous medal! And tomorrow is St Catherine Laboure's feast day, I do believe. Fittingly, today Zenit ran the homily from the Dublin Mass for the 30th memorial of Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary (an organization which promotes the Mir. Medal, of which i am a humble member). BTW, what a gorgeous painting!
A great Feast..I try & get lots of the kids to wear their medals..
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