|—||C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (via yna-na)|
Charles Antoine Coypel, 1694-1752, Saint Sébastien
Henri Bellechose - Die letzte Kommunion und das Martyrium des Hl. Denis
|—||The Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Social Justice (via agayepiscopalian)|
The birthplace of St. Jeanne d’Arc in the village Domrémy, Lorraine. Next to the house is the Church of St. Remy were the young Joan worshipped daily. The font in which she was baptized still stands, as does a statue of St. Margaret in front of which Joan prayed. This lovely little country town in eastern France is still surrounded by fields and pastures. Off the beaten track, it has a population of less than 200, but is well worth a visit.
The icons—of Christ, the angels and the saints—are not mere decorations for bare walls. Rather, these representations of the Savior, the angelic hosts and the great leaders of the church (both men and women, clergy and laypeople, theologians and martyrs) serve to remind the congregation that all these, and all the rest of the faithful departed, are there with the congregation as it worships—or rather, that the congregation is there, with them all in God’s presence. If these icons are rightly appropriated by the congregation, “The faithful feel that the walls of the church open out upon eternity.”
James R. Payton
Saint Roch - Francesco Francia
St. Roch, patron of those who sufferer from plague, pray for us.
|—||Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos (via theophilus1979)|