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Just as the deaconess movement began with cutting-edge urban ministries with immigrants, the sick and the poor, deaconesses and home missioners today still engage in emerging and innovative ministries.

St. Agnes Early Christian Mosaics from the Fourth to the Seventh Centuries: Rome, Naples, Milan, Ravenna. Fourteen Plates in Color. Translated from the German, 1946. Jewelled belt, wrapped over dress, decorated underdress and fabric belt. Wonderfully complex hair style. I love it.

St. Phoebe the Deaconess. In the early Chuch there were women deacons. However, they were limited to that role and were not allowed in the priesthood. The reason for the deaconesses: it was considered improper for males to be physically handling women, so deaconesses were commissioned to assist especially in baptism and chrismation. While there are no liturgically recognized female deacons in the Orthodox Church in the USA, there are some in Japan, Russia and Greece.

Another one with the draped braids like like to do. I'm really interesting on what's going on in with the loose hair too the side too. Maybe a really loose braid on curly hair, but the braid seems to start above the circlet. I need to get some more angles.

Mary Magdalene by Walwyn on Flickr ~ Gloucester Cathedral

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1869) Prayer At Sainte-Anne-d'Auray

Silent prayer / Stilles Gebet A female figure on one of the older graves at the main cemetery in Frankfurt

St. Olympias -- stood by her friend, St. John Chrysostom, even when she became collateral damage and lost her convent.

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St. Esther - 20th. c - English - (1ES10) - Uncut Mountain Supply. Reminds me of my Sister-in-Law