Relics – 17 – Virgin Mary, St Anthony, St Gallo, St Mary Magdalene

Our Lady's veil etc

Above is a multi-reliquary showing a fragment from the veil (ex velo) of the Blessed Virgin Mary and bone fragments (ex ossibus) of Saint Anthony of Padova, Saint Gallo the abbot and Saint Mary Magdalene. The fragment of the Virgin Mother’s veil shown above constitutes a second class, whereas the fragments of bone of Anthony, Gallo and Mary Magdalene constitute first class relics.

Relics – 16 – St Anthony of Padova

St Anthony of Padova

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Anthony of Padova, the famous silver-tongued preacher and Scripture expert. You can read more about Anthony here. The fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 15 – St Gabriel of the Addolorata

Gabriel of the Addolorata

Above is a reliquary showing fragments from the body and the ashes (ex corpore et cineribus) of Saint Gabriel of the Addolorata, the flighty, rich, young man who left everything to follow his call and who died at the age of 24 years. You can read more about Gabriel here. The fragments shown above constitute a first class relic. The seal of the reliquary is that of the Passionists and the document attesting to the relic’s authenticity comes from the Passionist Fathers in Rome, Italy.

Icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun featured

The panel icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Rv 12:1) that I recently completed has just been featured in the Christian Theme Artwork, Catholic Art, and International Women Artists galleries at Fine Art America. This icon is now in the possession of an interfaith family in Malta.

Relics – 14 – St John of Kronstadt

St John of Kronstadt

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint John of Kronstadt, author of My Life in Christ and one of the most beloved Russian Christians of his time. You can read more about John here. The bone fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

For those who consider icons of God the Father verboten

Source: The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon – Chapter 3 – Critical Review

As previously shown, icons of God the Father were originally depicted based on the prophetic theophanies of Daniel (7:9-15), Ezekiel (1:26-28, 8:1-5), Isaiah (6:1-5), and Moses (Ex 24:9-11, Nb 12:6-8). Such icons were both symbolic as well as Biblical and traditional, according to (St) Pavel Florensky’s (1996) typology of icons. God the Father was also commonly depicted according to Continue reading “For those who consider icons of God the Father verboten”

Icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun

Woman Clothed With the Sun

Above is the panel icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Rv 12:1) which I have just finished. Dimensions: 26cm x 26cm. Natural pigments with egg tempera and 23.5kt gold leaf on linen-covered wood with traditional gesso. After it dries, it will be varnished with olifa then taken to the church to be blessed. This icon is going to be in the possession of an interfaith family in Malta (EU).

Relics – 13 – St Paul of the Cross

paul of the cross

Above is a reliquary showing a fragment from the body (ex corpore) of Saint Paul of the Cross, the Italian mystic and founder of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ. You can read more about Paul here. The fragment from the body that is shown above constitutes a first class relic. Sealing of the reliquary and documentation of the authenticity of the relic come from the Passionist Fathers in Rome, Italy.

Relics – 12 – St Mark the Evangelist

St Mark (2)

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Mark the Apostle and Evangelist, the Libyan Jew who fled naked in terror when Jesus Christ was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane (Mk 14:51). He later died as a martyr in Alexandria, Egypt. It was in Mark’s house that Christ observed the Passover with His disciples and where the latter hid after the Crucifixion, before the Resurrection. You can read more about Mark here.

The bone fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic. Official documentation certifying the genuineness of Mark’s relic, the sealing of the reliquary and allowing for its public veneration, comes from Youssef Ibrahim Sarraf, the second Bishop (now deceased) of the Catholic Eparchy of Cairo, Egypt (Chaldean Rite).

This precious relic of Saint Mark is going to be available for public veneration after the 8.30am Mass on the Evangelist’s feast day, Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Santa Venera Roman Catholic Parish Church, Saint Joseph High Road, Santa Venera, Malta (EU).

Relics – 11 – St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who had seven demons cast out of her and became a penitent and the apostle to the Apostles. You can read more about Magdalene here. The bone fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 10 – St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist

St John the Baptist & St John the Evangelist

Above is a reliquary showing bone fragments (ex ossibus) of Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Apostle, Evangelist and Theologian. John the Baptist, aka the Forerunner, was the cousin and baptizer of Jesus Christ. He died as a martyr, beheaded by Herod Antipas at the request of Salome.

The Apostle John, aka the Beloved, was the only bishop to remain at the foot of the Cross with the Virgin Mary when Christ was dying. He was one of the four evangelists and the only one among the 12 apostles to die a natural death. The bone fragments shown above constitute first class relics and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 9 – St Peter and St Paul

Sts Peter & Paul

Above is a reliquary showing bone fragments (ex ossibus) of the Holy Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Peter, aka Simon bar Jonah, was the fellow who despite all his bravado, denied knowing Jesus Christ three times during His passion. Then he ended up becoming Apostle to the Jews and the first Vicar of Christ.

Paul, aka Saul of Tarsus, was the Pharisee of Pharisees (Acts 23:6) who ruthlessly persecuted Christians until his famous conversion. Then he became Apostle to the Gentiles. Both Peter and Paul died as martyrs in Rome, Italy. The bone fragments shown above constitute first class relics and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.

Relics – 8 – St John Chrysostom

St John Chrysostom

Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint John Chrysostom, one of the Three Holy Hierarchs and an early Church Father. He is also a doctor of the universal Church. You can read more about John here. The bone fragment constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.