Sunday, February 3, 2019

Meditate on Icons as Windows into the Sacred from Gladdening Light Symposium

Saint Brigid by Sayaka Kamakari, Artist
Ireland's embodiment of the divine feminine, a patron saint of spring. Brigid is often depicted holding a reed cross.
Saint Brigid was ordained a bishop by Bishop Mel, and founded a double monastery in Kildare with women and men living in a Christian community according to her old Irish Life. She is known as "mary of the Gael and the foster mother of Jesus. Her feast day is Feb. 1st. 

St. Michael the Archangel by Sayaka Kamakari Artist
Archangel means prince of the angels as Michael is paramount about all angels. the name Michael (Micheal in Irish)
also holds special meaning as it means "one who is like God, compassionate and source of strength." 

Saint Patrick by Cincy Borr, Artist
Saint Patrick is known as the "Apostle of Ireland."
Alongside Saints Brigid and Colmcille, he is Ancient Ireland's favorite son. Patrick is dressed in Irish green and holds a shamrock, a symbol of the Trinity and the nation's national emblem. 

Mary and the I Am by Cindy Borr, Artist
'the great I AM- is a foretelling, a typology of the Virgin Mary. God is referred to many times in the Bible as the "Consuming Fire." Mary is in many ways the unburned bush, bearer of holy fire in her womb.
St. Blase by Sayaka Kamakari, Artist
Saint Blase was a physican, bishop and healer from Armenaia.
The crossed candles depict a story of appreciation or healing from a woman who left him two candles to light his jail cell. Blase is the patron saint from those afflicted with maladies of the throat. Feb. 3rd i is his feast day.

Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr,
may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil,
in the name of the Father/Creator,
and the Son, the Human One and of the Enlightening  Holy Spirit.
Amen.  (Noirin Ni Riain)

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