Thursday, December 31, 2015

Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Mother of the Creator
The One who created me
has rested in my tabernacle. ~ Eccl. 24
Klauber engraving

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A green shoot came forth
from the Root of Jesse 
and moved forth from the roots
her to climb.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Elevated above the heart of Angels and above all Saints

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mother of the Angels

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Near to Jesus one finds happiness.
Hand colored Bouasse Lebel
May your soul, like a mystical bee, 
never abandon the dear little King 
and may everything within it be for Him. 
~ St. Francis de Sales
Come my Jesus, come into my heart. Let us prepare for him a bed of roses and lilies! ... 
Angels of the Lord, come help me to worship the Lord of heaven and earth.
Bouasse Lebel 916

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015


Thursday, December 24, 2015

He weeps for your sins.
He smiles on your tears.

Christians together,
Happy together.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Joys of Divine Advent.
I come, Jesus says, to bring fire to the earth.
Innocence watches over...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Little Jesus

Monday, December 21, 2015

Blessed be the Most Holy and Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
Indulgenced Prayer Pope Pius VI. 21 Nov. 1793

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Fourth Sunday in Advent

As the deer longs for streams of living water, 
so my soul longs for you, O God.

Queen Conceived Without Sin
Our Lady of Lourdes.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 18, 2015

She will arise from the midst of her people; 
she will be admired in the assembly of the saints. Ecc. 24:3  
Bouasse Lebel 75B
Mother of love, cover with your mantle my poor flower.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Life-Giving Fountain
This image is based on the icon by this name venerated in the Christian East.
collage - hand colored and hand made 
in the mid 1800's

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

the moon under her feet
and on her head a crown of 12 stars ~ Rev. 12:1
Bouasse Lebel 585

St. John of the Cross: Carmelite Solemnity, December 14

St. John of the Cross, Doctor of Mystical Theology

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Third Sunday in Advent

As the deer thirsts for the source of living water 
so my soul for you, Lord. I fly away to you, and I arrive.    Based on Psalm 21:2
Benzieger Brothers, Einseideln

Friday, December 11, 2015

Immaculate Conception after Murillo

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Translation of the Holy House of Loreto: Feast Day, December 10

Flemish engraving by Lodewyk Joseph Fruytiers hand-colored Amsterdam, circa late 1700's

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Deign to accept that I publish your praises.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Immaculate Conception: Solemnity, December 8

Immaculate Mary

For additional images that celebrate this great Mystery visit

Monday, December 7, 2015

Vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

I breathed the fragrance of their virtue, and drew them to myself 
to form the heart of my Mother.
Bouasse Lebel 103

Sunday, December 6, 2015

2nd Sunday in Advent

As the deer longs for streams of living water
so my soul longs for you, O God.

Saint Nicholas Day, December 6th

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra Greek (270 –  346) Because his relics were translated to Bari in southern Italy in 1087, he is also known as St. Nicolas of Bari. His holy relics poured healing myrrh, and even today, fragrant myrrh  streams through many of his icons.

Sermon by St. Augustine for the
Feast of St. Nicholas

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Under the sweet influence of her radiance,
 the lilies of innocence grow and the flowers of other virtues. 
Bouasse Lebel 632

Friday, December 4, 2015

First Friday

My God, receive me into your Divine Heart.
Bouasse Lebel

St. John of Damascus, Doctor of the Church: Memorial, December 4

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

Apologia Against Those Who Decry Holy Images)


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mary, Queen of Lilies
More brilliant than the roses, more pure than the lilys,
your heavenly fragrance has touched the heart of God.
Saintin 372

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

untitled painting [Virgin in prayer]

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Untitled engraving [garden enclosed]

Ven. Leon DuPont, Apostle of the Holy Face: December 1st.

Ven. Leon DuPont, Apostle of the Holy Face Dec.1

Small album ~ The Holy Face 

Exact copy of the Image of the Holy Face conserved in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. Bouasse Lebel 667 

The Feast Day of the Holy Face is observed on Shrove Tuesday, a movable feast celebrated next on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DECEMBER: Devotion, The Immaculate Conception

The Advent Season Christmas and the beginning of Christmastide
 Feast Days:
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 2015
  • December 6 - Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 13 - Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 20 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

25 -  Christmas - Holy Day of Obligation

Small Albums ~ through December 23:
Small albums for Christmastide (Feast of the Nativity until Baptism of the Lord)