In the first three centuries after Christ, communities in the middle east had many wise mystics who made their insights public to Coverts, pilgrims and seekers. Stylite towers were about six to ten feet high, erected in the center of town. The eccentric local mystic sat for long hours, waiting, doing nothing. A pillar saint or mystic would sit on a platform a few meters square, preaching, fasting and praying. His conversations were open debate and available to anyone willing to listen. These ... Read More about Contemplatives like pillar Saints are Interesting.
The Mystical Supper is considered a historical event. The liturgy of the Eucharist is based on the biblical text.For this icon, I used the prototype image from Andrei Rublev’s famous Last Supper Icon. The design, balance, and harmony in his original creation of the icon is unmatched. Liturgically, the Eucharist is arranged by word and message to invite all to the table, where the invisible is made visible. Mystikos is the Greek word for "the secret one." The Eucharist is a principle and ... Read More about In the Last Supper Icon, Who is guilty of betrayal?
I have been writing books during the pandemic! Two of them are Parallel text books, lay out in parallel paragraphs of Spanish and English. 12 travel stories, 1400 words each. The bilingual books are written for comparative style translation, not to mention the wonderful events and their conclusion. The third book is a collection of classic and contemporary Mary, the mother of God, images in Iconography. The Three Imaginative Books in Spanish by Mary Jane Miller have been very well received and ... Read More about Three Imaginative Books in Spanish by Mary Jane Miller
I took images above from volume ll, Russian Icon Design of holy persons and event portrayed for Byzantine orthodox line drawings. The collection of 500 sacred images includes only 14 images of women. It is a pitiful female representation in a comprehensive collection of templates. There are 290 images of male saints. Why are there so few powerful images of women in Iconography; women portrayed as messengers, teachers, wisdom crones, disciples, leaders, sorceress, prophets, or mystics? We have ... Read More about POWERFUL IMAGES OF WOMEN IN ICONOGRAPHY
What would Jesus think of this image of his friend being portrayed as a church theologian and bishop? She was a Disciple and Apostle of Christ. I have represented her in priestly robes, with crosses on her omophorion. But Who defines Mary Magdalene as a mystic, apostle, and disciple, saying we cannot give her this identity and mission. Nineteen hundred years ago, those in authority did not give Mary Magdalene any priestly rank, she was a woman and follower of Christ in a Jewish ... Read More about WHO Defines MARY MAGDALENE as a MYSTIC, APOSTLE, AND DISCIPLE ?