Saturday, February 26, 2022

Just for fun

Bl. Alberto unfinished

Bl. Alberto retouched and finished.

 The photos are so bad - but the first is what I thought was the final painting.  After viewing photos I need to work on a few things - and now I consider it finished.  I added his name but it didn't pop in the final photo.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

And the war's begun...


Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God.

Those who pray before your holy icon, O Lady,
Are vouchsafed healing and receive the knowledge of the true faith,
And they repel the attacks of the Russian* horde.
Therefore entreat remission of sins
For us who fall down before you.
Enlighten our hearts to thoughts of piety,
And raise a prayer to your Son to save our souls.
(Troparion of the Pochaev Icon – Tone 5)

Pochaev mountain is in modern-day Ukraine, and it is there in the 14th century, that an appearance of the Mother of God with her Saviour was granted to two monks and a nearby shepherd. After the vision, a single footprint remained in the mountainside, from which a spring emerged. The previously uninhabited mountain became the site of a monastery dedicated to the miracle. Over 200 years later, the monastery was visited by the a Greek Bishop, Neophit, who left behind as a gift, an Icon of the Theotokos from Constantinople. This is the Icon which came to bear the monastery’s name: the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God.

*Original prayer uses 'Muslim' - please pardon my edit.  I'm broken hearted and devastated this invasion has brought terror, death and suffering to Ukraine.  Of course, it may well be the fuse igniting a full-blown WWIII.