Saturday, 6 December 2008

Roses for Our Lady

So, turning to things other than the Rosary icons for a moment, I want to show you two new drawings: one of wildflowers and the other an icon of Our Lady.

This first drawing of the wildflowers is of a bushy plant called "Prickly Rose" This is actually the floral emblem of the Province of Alberta, Canada. Evidently they are very sweet smelling. We have a similar wild rose in Ontario, but it really doesn't have much of a scent.

This next drawing is the first non-Rosary icon I have done in some while. It is called "The Immaculate Heart of Mary" The Greek abbreviation for the Blessed Mother is on the left while the words on the right are Greek for "immaculate heart".

The heart symbol has flames of fire at the top, a sword through it and is encircled by a crown of roses. Remember, Our Blessed Mother was told by Simeon when she and St. Joseph brought the 8-day-old Jesus to the Temple that "a sword would pierce her heart" -- which it did figuratively at the time of Christ's Passion and death.

This is not a true icon but is really an icon-type drawing based on the western Catholic image of the Immaculate Heart. So often you will see holy cards of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. You will still find these traditional Catholic drawings in some people's homes -- side by side. When I was much younger, every Catholic home had these two pictures hanging prominently somewhere in the house.

Here is what the Immaculate Heart of Mary looks like in the tradition of western Church art.

It has been a very cold day and is supposed to be even colder tomorrow. Please stay warm and safe.

Peace be with you.

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