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All-Seeing Eye. Happy Church New Year.

Putting an icon by the front door the night before the new Church year.

The Church Triumphant. ...as a Christian, you do profess to believe in eternal life as per Christ's promises, no? If Christ removes the barrier between Heaven and earth, are we aware that choosing for eternal life begins right now, and is not left for the hereafter?

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Eastern Orthodoxy is sometimes referred to as the "Ancient Faith." The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It’s orthodox, but not Jewish. It’s catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational – it’s pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the day of Pentecost over 2000 years ago.

St.Catherine of Sienna - Doctor of the Church. She is always shown holding a book.

Black Madonna of Czestachowa. There are hundreds of Black Madonna paintings worldwide; most in Europe, but in America her celebrated, holy shrine is in Detroit, Michigan. Before slavery skin colour wasn't a social issue in the west. Christian Saints were equally shared among white people & black people; Historical religious art in Eastern Europe & Mid-East Churches portrayed biblical figures with tanned or dark complexion; the Western Churches adopted lighter skin colour after the Renaissance.

St Maria of Paris. ♥ The holy and glorious venerable-martyr Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945) - also Saint Mary of Paris or Mother Maria - was a nun and martyr in Paris in the early twentieth century. She encouraged hospitality and love of one's neighbor, often in the most uncompromising of terms. She considered this to be the foundation of the Christian gospel, and she embodied it in her life. Saint Mary died a martyr in Ravensbrück prison in the place of a Jewish woman. She ...

In 1941, with the German occupation of Yugoslavia, Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich, together with Patriarch Gabriel Dozhich, was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment in the infamous Dachau Prison Camp in Germany. He spent two years in Dachau, witnessing and suffering some of the cruelest torture of human beings the world has ever known.

Inside a rock hewn church, Bet Medhane Alem, Lalibela, Ethiopia By Stringendo

“If you think you’re going into an empty church, there’s no such thing. If Jesus is there [in the Blessed Sacrament], there are thousands of angels there in Adoration.” -- Dr. Mark Miravalle, professor of Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville