St. Ambrose

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. St. Ambrose (back middle right) was a bishop in fourth-century Milan and is the bishop who baptized Blessed Augustine.  Ambrose is in the choir of hymnographers mainly for his work to encourage singing in the Church. He wrote many hymns for the offices of the Western Church. In fact, for many centuries, the rubrics of the Western Daily Office called for the singing of “an Ambrosian … [Read more...]

St. Cecilia

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. St. Cecilia, an early Christian martyr and patroness of music, continues the theme of flame and praise in the upper far-left medallion. The scene depicts St. Cecilia in a boiling cauldron. The cauldron is shaped in that octagonal form, like a font. Martyrs offer their lives up to Christ, following in His steps to death, thus being baptized into His death. In the account of St. Cecilia’s … [Read more...]

The Theotokos

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. The center medallion presents our final biblical saint, Mary, called the Theotokos (“God-bearer”), the ever-virgin Mother of the Lord. When Mary, pregnant with Christ, went to visit her cousin Elizabeth (who was miraculously pregnant with the Forerunner and Baptist John), Elizabeth greeted her with the words, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is fruit of your womb.” Mary responded … [Read more...]

The Three Holy Youths

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. The Three Holy Youths, in the top right medallion, are Shadrach, Meshach and Abendego, among the Hebrews sent into Babylonian captivity. Because of their faith, they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. These youths are also called by their Hebrew names: Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael. As they walked about the flames, so the story relates, they prayed and sang. First, Azariah … [Read more...]

Simeon the Elder

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church.  Simeon the elder (on the left hand of Zachariah) carried the infant Christ in his arms at the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. In the canticle’s lines, “Lord, now You let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word,” the aged Simeon says he is now ready for death, having seen the Lord’s “salvation, . . . the glory of Your people, Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32) The canticle of … [Read more...]

Zachariah, Father of John the Baptist

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church.  Zachariah (left front middle) is the father of John the Baptist and Forerunner, and his canticles appears in the Gospel of St. Luke. Zachariah’s wife, Elizabeth, received one of those miraculous children, as Hannah did, and Zachariah’s song of praise begins, “Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us … [Read more...]

Miriam, Sister of the Prophet Moses

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. Miriam Miriam (back left row, outside end) is the sister of the great prophet Moses, and she sang a canticle of praise for their escape from Pharaoh. After the escape through the Red Sea and the destruction of the army of Pharaoh, Miriam led the women of Israel “with timbrels in their hands” in singing, I will sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and rider He … [Read more...]

Hannah, Mother of the Prophet Samuel

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, is one of several women in the Bible who were barren and conceived because of a miraculous blessing from God. In her story, told in the book of 1 Samuel (1 Kingdoms LXX), Hannah offers a prayer of praise that begins, My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There … [Read more...]

King David, the ‘Sweet Singer of Israel’

One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church. David, the King and Prophet, the “sweet singer of Israel,” is in the front left row next to the central medallion. David is not the chronological first of our hymnographers, but he is the patron of poetic prayer and praise. The Book of Psalms has been traditionally and universally called the Psalms of David, even though within the text of the Psalms, some are credited to other writers, … [Read more...]

Iconography Workshop

Iconography Workshop taught by Master Iconographer Heather MacKean Monday, August 4, through Saturday, August 9, 2008 9:00 am to 5:00 pm $650 per student (includes materials) Contact the parish for information about when the next workshop will be. … [Read more...]