Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Saint Columba of ¬†Iona and Blessed Blessed Edmund Rice ready to frame print.¬†
The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help represents the Christian mystery of Redemption.
This icon was painted in the Byzantine style below are the symbols in the icon.¬†
The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion. St. Michael (in the left corner) holds the spear, the wine-soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns. St. Gabriel (in the right corner) holds the cross and the nails.
The intent of the artist was to portray the Child Jesus contemplating the vision of His future Passion.¬† Frightened by the vision, he runs to his mother for consolation. The anguish He feels is shown by the loss of one of His sandals as he quickly flees into the arms of his Mother.¬†
Despite a forboding vision of suffering, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbolized by the golden background as a sign of the glory of the resurrection. The royal crowns on the heads of Jesus and Mary also symbolize their triumph as the King of Kings with his Queen Mother.
In a very beautiful way, the Child Jesus grasps the hand of the Blessed Mother.¬† He seeks comfort from His mother as He sees the instruments of His passion.¬† The position of Mary‚Äôs hands ‚Äì both holding the Child Jesus (who seems like a small adult) and at the same time presenting Him to us ‚Äì convey the reality of our Lord‚Äôs incarnation, that He is true God who became also true man.¬†
Edmund Ignatius Rice was a Catholic missionary and educationalist. He was the founder of two religious institutes of religious brothers: the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers.
Saint Columba of Iona -¬†
One of Ireland's three patron saints (together with Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid), he is also sometimes called the ‚ÄúApostle of the Picts‚Äù for his evangelization of Scotland.
He should not be confused with St. Columbanus (or Columban), a different Irish monk and missionary who lived slightly later and ended up in Italy.
Columba was born during 521, descended from royalty through his father. He was taught and mentored by the priest who baptized him, and later attended a monastic school founded by Saint Finnian of Moville. His own life as a monk began at the school, where he was also ordained a deacon.
The deacon went on to spend time in a different monastery and school run by another Finnian, Saint Finnian of Clonard. Columba became a priest during this period, and along with eleven others from this same institution, he would become known as one of the ‚ÄúTwelve Apostles of Ireland.‚Äù
Columba also studied with Saint Mobhi of Glasnevin, before a disease epidemic forced him to return to his ancestral homeland of Ulster during 544. He spent the next 15 years traveling, preaching, and founding monasteries.
It is not clear why, in 563, Columba left Ireland. By some accounts he was simply going to preach the word of God. Others claim that he had become involved in a battle between warring tribes, before repenting and taking on foreign missionary work as a penance.
On the island of Iona, located on Scotland‚Äôs northwest coast, Columba and his group of companions built simple monastic quarters and a church for themselves. The priest-monk‚Äôs first missionary work was in the region of Dalriada, whose Celtic Christian inhabitants were lacking solid religious instruction.
His next effort was to convert the Picts of northern Scotland, a task that would take up most of the rest of his life. He began by gaining entrance to the castle of King Brude, where the locked gates are said to have miraculously opened when the sign of the Cross was made. The king welcomed the missionaries, believed the Gospel, and was baptized.
Columba‚Äôs evangelization of northern Scotland continued over the next three decades. He and his companions met with some resistance from the native pagan Druids, but on the whole they found remarkable success in spreading the Catholic faith and building up a network of churches and monasteries.
The island monastery at Iona remained his home base, and it drew pilgrims looking to benefit from the priest-monk‚Äôs wisdom and his prayers. He remained in touch with the Irish Church, making many trips back until he became too weak to travel. Even in old age, Columba maintained an intense routine of prayer, fasting, and stud
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