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A ministry in Chicago (www.8thdaycenter.org) invites people to walk the stations of the cross through the busy urban center, stopping to read related Scripture and pray at sites of recent violence, temporary homes of the homeless, and icons of global injustice. A young VocationCARE partner created a postmodern version of this ancient Christian practice. What would it look like in your neighborhood?

People say God doesn't give you more then you can handle. Guess Gods never seen a homeless person, ex's who take babies from moms to prevent paying child support & moms so depressed they're ready to give up. God when do you exactly step in?

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.

Lost in the Beauty of her God- the beautiful art of Sr. Marie Pierre Semler. Happy birthday Mary, Queen of Heaven.

Meyer--Deaconess Stories | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

St. #Victoria Feast day December 23rd. With her sister Anatolia, she refused importunate suitors. Both were imprisoned and starved by their suitors but persisted in refusing marriage. Anatolia was converted to Christianity and converted many in Picenum before being denounced for her faith, for which she was tortured and executed at Thora on Lake Velino in Italy. When Victoria refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, she too was executed, perhaps at Tribulano

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.

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.

Mary Magdalene by Walwyn on Flickr ~ Gloucester Cathedral

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

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