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jcassian:

"He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."
- St. Peter Chrysologus (400-450)

jcassian:

"He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."

- St. Peter Chrysologus (400-450)

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jothelibrarian:

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is the De Lisle Psalter, a fascinating early fourteenth century devotional manuscript which ended up bound into a volume with two other books.
The British Library give the following description of this remarkable illustration:

Miniature of the Crucifixion, and the Tree of Life, from the De Lisle Psalter (Arundel 83 II). In the centre of the page, Christ is crucified on a slender green cross, from which grow twelve horizonal branches containing texts relating to Christ’s humanity, passion and glorification. On each side panels enclose twelve seated prophets, with six additional figures in a row below the cross, each carrying an inscribed scroll. Underneath is the prophecy of John from the Apocalypse; at the top of the cross a pelican nests with its young. 

Image source: British Library MS Arundel 83 II. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

jothelibrarian:

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is the De Lisle Psalter, a fascinating early fourteenth century devotional manuscript which ended up bound into a volume with two other books.

The British Library give the following description of this remarkable illustration:

Miniature of the Crucifixion, and the Tree of Life, from the De Lisle Psalter (Arundel 83 II). In the centre of the page, Christ is crucified on a slender green cross, from which grow twelve horizonal branches containing texts relating to Christ’s humanity, passion and glorification. On each side panels enclose twelve seated prophets, with six additional figures in a row below the cross, each carrying an inscribed scroll. Underneath is the prophecy of John from the Apocalypse; at the top of the cross a pelican nests with its young. 

Image source: British Library MS Arundel 83 II. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

-Lauren F. Winner, Girl Meets God

-Lauren F. Winner, Girl Meets God

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No Christian can get by for very long in any kind of secular work or profession or activity without encountering the misconceptions which the world has about the Gospel, and without being exposed to the enmity which the world bears toward the Gospel. To be silent in the face of such perversion of the faith or of such aggression against the faith is to become an accomplice. The laity cannot be saved from the apologetic task associated with their participation in the practical affairs of the world by the pronouncements of ecclesiastical authorities nor by the ministry of the clergy. Each layman must be his own apologist, responsible for his stewardship of the Gospel in his daily life and work.

William Stringfellow, A Private and Public Faith. (via locusimperium)

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Influenced by the Western teaching on original sin, we usually place sin in a legal setting. We regard it as disobedi­ence to the commandments of God, and its results as punish­ments inflicted by God. For the Orthodox biblical and patristic tradition, however, the setting of original sin and of every sin is mainly physical. When man closes his eyes to the light, he finds himself in darkness. When he loses his center, he be­ comes disorientated. When he distances himself from life, he dies. The commandments of God are not threats about a punishment which will come from a source situated outside man. They describe the healthy state of human existence. The sickness, pain and death which follow offences against the laws of health are not punishments deriving from the laws but the natural consequences of the offences. It is not God but man who is the creator of evil. This truth is of funda­mental significance, because it means that the sinner stands before God, not waiting for God to condemn him, but him­ self taking responsibility for his own actions and so the road to repentance remains open. God in His compassion does not abandon His creatures under any circumstances whatsoever. Man has fled and is called upon to return. This return, this transposition into the realm of God, which goes with the restoration to health, the reconstitution and the transformation of human existence, constitutes the kernel of repentance, the content of the whole spiritual struggle…

Panayiotis Nellas, Deification in Christ: Orthodox Perspectives On the Nature of the Human Person, trans. Norman Russell (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr, 1987), 177. (via thepoorinspirit-extras)
Diana L. Eck, quoted in Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner

Diana L. Eck, quoted in Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner

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nprfreshair:

Human Rights Watch researcher Letta Tayler  just got back from Iraq where she documented tales of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) forcing mass expulsions and murders of Christians and ethnic minorities who are told to convert. Tayler explains the recent edict ISIS issued for Christians in the city of Mosul: 

"ISIS issued an edict around mid-July and it said, "You’ve got three choices: convert, pay us a jihad tax, get out of town—and if you don’t do those, you’ll face the sword."
This was, of course, an absolutely chilling message. It was disseminated throughout the city and on the Internet as well, and at that point most of the Christians had already fled Mosul, but the few remaining families, and we’re still talking several hundred, apparently, just packed up and left. Some left with nothing but the clothes on backs, others piled whatever precious possessions they could into their cars and some of them then found at ISIS checkpoints that they were robbed of those few precious possessions that they had hoped to bring out with them. So it has been an absolutely terrifying part of a broader campaign to “cleanse” … Mosul and surrounding areas, of anyone who does not espouse this strict interpretation of Sharia that ISIS espouses.” 

Propaganda image of ISIS via NBC news 

nprfreshair:

Human Rights Watch researcher Letta Tayler  just got back from Iraq where she documented tales of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) forcing mass expulsions and murders of Christians and ethnic minorities who are told to convert. Tayler explains the recent edict ISIS issued for Christians in the city of Mosul: 

"ISIS issued an edict around mid-July and it said, "You’ve got three choices: convert, pay us a jihad tax, get out of town—and if you don’t do those, you’ll face the sword."

This was, of course, an absolutely chilling message. It was disseminated throughout the city and on the Internet as well, and at that point most of the Christians had already fled Mosul, but the few remaining families, and we’re still talking several hundred, apparently, just packed up and left. Some left with nothing but the clothes on backs, others piled whatever precious possessions they could into their cars and some of them then found at ISIS checkpoints that they were robbed of those few precious possessions that they had hoped to bring out with them. So it has been an absolutely terrifying part of a broader campaign to “cleanse” … Mosul and surrounding areas, of anyone who does not espouse this strict interpretation of Sharia that ISIS espouses.”
 

Propaganda image of ISIS via NBC news 

jeannepompadour:

St. Martha and penitents, Swabia, late 15th century

jeannepompadour:

St. Martha and penitents, Swabia, late 15th century

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Little ortolan sings and grooms.

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