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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?

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.

Madonna, Fra Filippo Lippi ~ Italian Early Renaissance painter ~ (1406-1469).

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

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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

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.

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

December 17th Saint Olympias. Father in heaven, we thank you for your goodness and generosity. You give each of us different gifts. We pray that we will be good stewards of the gifts that you have bestowed on us. Like the council that St. John gave to Olympias, we ask for spiritual guidance also, Father, that we will know Your will for us and how to use our gifts in service of others. We pray that we always remember that what we have is to be extended, not hoarded for ourselves, whether it be our riches, our time or our talent; for what you have given to us is not ours alone, but to be shared with others. Amen. I found this prayer

Excuse me...I was doing this way before you Katniss. #Archery is cool again!