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Roberto d'Oderisio ~ St. John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene, c. late 1300s

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.

MYSTAGOGY: Saint Lydia of Philippi, the Equal To the Apostles

Andrei Rublev ~ Apostle Paul, Zvenigorod, c.1410

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.”

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.")

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'.

Ο Άγιος Απ. Ιωάννης ο Θεολόγος, Святой апостол Иоанн Богослов, The Holy Apostle John the Theologian