Who knew class this year was going to be so difficult?? Hang in there with me to the end of this report and maybe it will make more sense (or not)! In the Church I go to, we do not have all these Saints. Well, maybe we do, but I really have not known or studied any Saints. I stayed with Dad on Sundays so Mom could go to Church. Dad told me his Church was the front pasture where he mowed the Hay. When He could no longer mow the Hay, I did it. However, I never did have the connect to Heaven feel out there. It was very Hot- like 100 and no trees. I would say Hell came to my mind, but it was just another chore. When my chores were finished, I would get on my horse, riding to the woods and the creek deep inside. There I found my Heaven Connect. We all have a special place to enjoy time with our Creator!
I better get back to the report: One of the videos on the sandy hook page was removed. It was a tribute video to the 'victims' of the incident on December 14, 2013. It was a nice video. Only problem it was uploaded to the vimeo site on November 10, 2013 (one month before they 'died'). So in that dark square on my page, the dark night continues. I want to remind You at this point that I try to show videos from several points of view. They may or may not be something I agree with. They may or may not be something Google agrees with. The purpose is to share the information and You decide if You want to think about it or not. I do not have very many readers so anything I say most people will never see. But to You who do come by, Thank You and thanks for the plus 1s and the mail. We are a small group that love the Earth and the People.
We have been blessed!
The Saint John of the Cross sketched an image of Jesus on the Cross while in prison. Dali made a masterpiece from it which is the most famous painting of Jesus on the Cross. You will see it in the next video again with the poem, which is the brilliant light in the Dark Night of deep despair. Then, as now, true.
The next 2 vids offer a different point of view of the Dark Night of the Soul:
December 13! (Got ya!)
The rest of this page will shed some light on the day before the Dark Night.
On December 13, another feast goes on with 2 Saints this time. They are associated with Light, Illuminated:
Saint Lucy, by Domenico Beccafumi, 1521, a High Renaissance recasting of a Gothic iconic image (Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena)
|Virgin and Martyr|
|Born||trad. ca 283 AD|
|Died||trad. 304 AD|
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church|
Eastern Orthodox Churches
|Majorshrine||San Geremia, Venice|
16 September (duplicate feast in pre-1970 General Roman Calendar)
|Attributes||cord; eyes; eyes on a dish; lamp; swords; woman hitched to a yoke of oxen; woman in the company of Saint Agatha, Saint Agnes of Rome, Barbara, Catherine of Alexandria, and Saint Thecla; woman kneeling before the tomb of Saint Agatha|
|Patronage||blind; martyrs; Perugia, Italy; Mtarfa,Malta; epidemics; salesmen, Syracuse, Italy, throat infections, writers|
Life and worksLucy's Latin name Lucia shares a root (luc-) with the Latin word for light, lux. "In 'Lucy' is said, the way of light" Jacobus de Voragine stated at the beginning of his vita of the Blessed Virgin Lucy, in Legenda Aurea, the most widely-read version of the Lucy legend in the Middle Ages.
|“||No one's body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in the sight of the true God, who judges according to the will and knows all things. If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me.||”|
Herman of Alaska
Saint Herman of Alaska (born 1756 or 1760 in Serpukhov, Russia – died December 13 or November 15, 1837 on Spruce Island, Alaska) was one of the first Eastern Orthodoxmissionaries to the New World, and is considered by Orthodox Christians to be thepatron saint of the Americas.
|Herman of Alaska|
|Died||November 15, 1837|
Spruce Island, Alaska
|Honored in||Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglican Communion, Eastern Catholics|
|Canonized||August 9, 1970, Kodiak, Alaska by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and simultaneously in San Franciscoby the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)|
|Majorshrine||Holy Resurrection Cathedral,Kodiak, Alaska (relics); Sts.Sergius and Herman of ValaamChapel, Spruce Island, Alaska (burial site)|
|Feast||August 9 (glorification)|
December 13 (repose)
November 15 (repose-alternate)
|Attributes||Clothed as a monk, with a flowing white beard; sometimes wearing a wrought iron cross and chains about his chest.|
- July 27/August 9—Glorification: This is the anniversary of the joint-glorification (canonization) of Herman of Alaska as a saint in 1970.
- November 15/28—Repose: This is the anniversary of the actual death of Saint Herman.
- December 13/25—Repose: Due to an error in record keeping, this was originally thought to be the day of Saint Herman's death, and because of the long-established tradition of celebrating his memory on this day, it has remained a feast day. It is more likely that this is the day he was buried. For those Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian Calendar, this day falls on December 25 of the Gregorian Calendar, and thus provides a spiritual alternative to what some believe to be the increasingly secularized celebration of Christmas.
- Second Sunday after Pentecost:, as one of the saints commemorated on the Synaxis of the Saints of North America—this is a moveable feast
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The twelve Great Feasts
- Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8)
- Elevation of the Cross (September 14)
- the rediscovery of the original Cross on which Christ was crucified
- Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple (November 21)
- the entry of the Theotokos into the Temple around the age of 3
- Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (December 25)
- Theophany (January 6)
- the baptism of Jesus Christ, Christ's blessing of the water, and the revealing of Christ as God
- Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (February 2)
- Annunciation of the Theotokos (March 25)
- Gabriel's announcement to the Theotokos that she will conceive the Christ, and her "Yes"
NOTE: In Eastern practice, should this feast fall during Holy Week or on Pascha itself, the feast of the Annunciation is not transferred to another day. In fact, the conjunction of the feasts of the Annunciation and Pascha, known as "Kyriou-Pascha," is considered an extremely festive event.
- Entry into Jerusalem (Sunday before Pascha)
- known in the West as Palm Sunday.
- Ascension (40 days after Pascha)
- Christ's ascension into Heaven following his resurrection.
- Pentecost (50 days after Pascha)
- Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6)
- Christ's Transfiguration as witnessed by Peter, James and John.
- Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15)