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Icon of St. Mary Magdalene for Mother Leigh Hall. [by Kenneth Hosley] In the early Church, St. Mary Magdalene was given the title “Equal to the Apostles” or more importantly “Apostle to the Apostles.” While Roman Catholicism has vilified her as a prostitute since Pope Gregory the Great in 591 until the Vatican finally yet quietly withdrew the remark in 1969, the Eastern Church has always honored her for the exceptional role she played in the life of Jesus and early Christianity.
Saint Olga (c. 890 - 969, Kiev) was a ruler of Kievan Rus' as regent (945–c.963) for her son, Svyatoslav, who was only 3 yrs old when his father died. She was the first Rus' ruler to convert to Christianity, either in 945 or in 957. Olga was one of the first people of Rus' to be proclaimed a saint, for her efforts to spread the Christian religion in the country.However, she failed to convert Svyatoslav, and it was left to her grandson and pupil Vladimir I to make Christianity the state religion.
St. Luke's day - 18 Oct (15th century Byzantine icon, Recklinghausen, Germany; "This is probably the first time this rarely painted theme appeared on an icon.")
Vladimir icon of the Mother of God. According to Tradition, the evangelist, physician and iconographer Luke painted three icons of the Theotokos. When Our Lady looked at them, She said, “May the grace of the One Who was born of me, and my grace, be with these Holy Icons.”
Advocata Nostra, the oldest icon of Mary in Rome, at the Dominican Sisters Convent on Via Trionfale on Monte Mario. This icon can be traced back to its origin in Jerusalem, where tradition has it that it was painted by St Luke after the Resurrection, at the request of the apostles. But the tradition also states that after St Luke had sketched the outline, the image of Our Lady appeared on it. No human hand was involved. Such works are referred to as achiropita—'made without hands'.
wonderful article - "Saint John, the 'Apostle of Love'" christianorthodox... (John and his disciple Prochorus)
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Peter, Saint Agnes, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Lucy, an Unidentified Female Saint, Saint Paul, and Saint John the Baptist, with Eve and the Serpent; the Annunciation, 1385-90, Paolo di Giovanni Fei (Italian, San Quirico, active by 1369–died 1411)