188kb jpg detail of an 11th-century fresco of Basil the Great celebrating the Mass, Meister der Sophien-Kathedrale von Ohrid; swiped off the Wikipedia web site

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

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Saint Perpetua Painting - Saint Perpetua And Felicity by Suzanne Silvir

St Jerome - Andrea del Verrocchio

St. Columba of Iona (or Columba as known in Britain) founded first abbot in Iona (small island off of Scotland). Born of royal clan of Donegal on December 7, 521. His name means 'dove of the church'. He was also a student of Finnian of Clonard. He is said to address Christ as 'my druid'. He was a known poet, great story teller, writer, a man of hospitality and compassion. Feast day June 9.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1482), attributed to Sandro Botticelli


Martin and the Beggar -- Trento Longaretti (b. 1916)

St. George and the Dragon, from ‘The Fitzroy Pictures’, engraved by James Akerman, published by the Fitzroy Picture Society, London, c.1910

St Augustine and St Columba - Missions of Faith 37p Stamp (1997) St Columba on Iona

Icon of St. Athanasius of Alexandria

Boniface (c. 7th century – 5 June 754), often called the Apostle of the Germans, was born in the kingdom of Wessex, probably at Crediton (now in Devon, England). He was a missionary who propagated Christianity in the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He was the first Archbishop of Mainz. He was martyred in Frisia along with 52 others in 754 by pagan locals who opposed his mission work. Painting: St. Boniface Baptizing and Martyrdom, an 11th C. illustration. Commemoration: 5 June

St. Anthony Visiting St .Paul the Hermit in the Desert (detail) - Matthias Grünewald

St. Anthony Attacked by Devils - Limbourg brothers

St. Anthony - Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saint Anthony near the cave - David Burliuk

Hypatia: (370–415) Pagan mathematician and philosopher who drew pupils from throughout the Greek world, Christian and pagan. Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria, perceived her as a threat to the Church, and she was martyred at the hands of Christian monks. As Christian humanists, we honor Hypatia’s learning and courage, holding her as a witness to intellectual curiosity and honest inquiry, which are closer to God than the angry certainties of fundamentalism.

Theosebia: (4th century) Wife of Gregory of Nyssa. Monastic historians tried to eradicate the memory of Theosebia, but Gregory was one of the last married bishops before new church laws required that bishops be celibate monks. When Gregory wrote of the love, physical longing, and communion of bride and bridegroom, or explained that in mystical union with Christ, the “mother-in-law” of each of our souls is God, he was writing from his own experience of married love.

Patrick of Ireland (389–461) In a time of cultural collapse and hooligan violence, Patrick’s missionary work to the Irish was humanist, peacemaking, and expansive. Patrick and his missionary co-workers created a Celtic Christianity that embraced ancient reverence for nature while suppressing old practices like human sacrifice to the nature gods, and that used the bardic traveler’s spirit of old Celtic spirituality to tame the roaming warrior hero tradition. (March 17)

"My beloved brethren, let us not prefer anything, let us not hasten to obtain anything more than love. Let no one have anything against anyone, let no one repay evil for evil. Do not let the sun go down on your anger, but let us forgive our debtors everything and let us welcome love, because love covers a multitude of sins..." - Saint Ephrem the Syrian on Love

St Aidan's statue in the church yard by Holy Island Priory, Northumberland

St. Ephrem, Doctor of the Church, Prayer: Saint Ephrem, sometimes we treat the power of song lightly. Help us to open our hearts and souls to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit given us through music. Amen

Columba, 651 missionary to Scottland. Icon: by the hand of Maria Elchaninova-Struve

St. Augustine & His Mother Ary Scheffer (1795–1858)