The Icon of Three Hands St. John Damascene was the great defender of icons.
Because of his defense of the holy images and because of his great ability as a writer, the order was given by the iconoclasts that his right hand be cut off at the wrist. St. John asked for the severed hand and prayed before the icon known as the Hodegetria or She Who Shows the Way. Asking fervently that his hand might be restored, he fell asleep exhausted. Virgin Mary came to him in a dream; when awoke his hand was miraculously restored with only a red line showing. In gratitude, St. John composed the hymn "In thee, O Full of Grace, all creation rejoices"The icon before which St. John prayed exists to this day on Mount Athos in the Hilander Monastery. It is called Tricherousa, or Panagia "Of Three Hands" due to the silver hand which St. John placed on the icon as a testament to the above miracle.See: The Icon of the Three Hands Additional links: small album ~ Doctors of the Church
This image recalls the beautiful words of St. Cathrine of Sienna:
"We were the ground where the banner of His Holy Cross was set."
This holy card also carries something of the pattern of the Orthodox iconknown as Christ Emmanuel ~ Jesus, fully God, fully man, his forehead large showing the Wisdom of God, his expression at once sweet and serious.
"Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall
be called Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us."
Faith, Hope, and Love
These are the keys to my paradise that I bring to the earth.
The Advent Season - Christmasand the beginning of Christmastide
1. Ven. Leon DuPont, Apostle of the Holy Face Dec.1
4. St. John Damascene: (M) Dec. 4
6. St. Nicholas (M) Dec. 6
8. Immaculate Conception (S) Dec. 8
10. Translation of the Holy House of Loreto, Dec. 10
12. Our Lady of Guadalupe (M) Dec. 12
14. St. John of the Cross (M) Dec. 14
24. Christmas Eve
25. Christmas (S) Dec. 25
27. St. John, Apostle & Evangelist (F) Dec. 27
31. Vigil of Mary, Mother of God (S)
Advent Dates for 2013
• December 7 - Second Sunday of Advent
• December 14 - Third Sunday of Advent
• December 21 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
The link above gives history and includes the thoughts of Pope John Paul II as well as St. Faustina's description of the miraculous connection between her visions of the The Divine Mercy and her vision of Our Lady of Ostra Brama.
"On this day the Order remembers in prayer, and confides to the loving mercy of God, all the members of the Carmelite Family who have died." from All Souls of the Carmelite Order, Feast Day
To love... to suffer... to die... in union with Mary.
"On this day the Carmelite Family celebrates the memory of all its holy men and women, those known and those unknown, those living on Earth and those living in Heaven, who reflect the glory of God." from All Carmelite Saints Feast Day
Text beneath engraving: "Mon coeur n'aspire qu'à voir Dieu dans sa gloire" "My heart aspires to nothing except to see God in His glory."