Today December 6th the Church in East and West celebrates the memory of Saint Nicholas, the bishop of Myra (today Demre in Turkey) and also known as Nicholas of Bari ( In 1087, part of the relics (about half of the bones) were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. The remaining bones were taken to Venice in 1100.)
He is equally loved and venerated in East and West as the great Wonder-Worker, friend of children and saviour of the innocent.
And it’s my beloved husband’s nameday. May Saint Nicholas bless you, Darling!
Madonna tas-Sacro Cuor
The statue of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the parish church of the same name in Sliema, Malta.
The statue was brought to Sliema in 1881. At the time the devotion of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was very popular in many Catholic countries around the world.
For my final I went to the Clear Creek Abbey Monastery to document the monks during High Mass.
Details from the rear cover of the Lindau Gospels.
Gilt silver, enamel, and jeweled bookcover
[Probably Salzburg, ca. 760–90]
Earlier binding used as lower cover on Lindau Gospels, Abbey of St. Gall, Switzerland, late ninth century
350 x 275 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M. 1
A book cover that looks like jewelry. And it’s over a thousand years old! Awesome.
I would love to, I’ll post some in a bit! Thank you for the question.
The mysterious “catacomb saints” were venerated by the Catholic Church and encrusted with gold and jewels. Then they disappered for centuries.