The Hospitality of Abraham

18:1 From the book of Genesis:

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
18:3 And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
18:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
18:6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
18:7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
18:8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
18:10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
18:13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

Hospitality of Abraham

This icon was painted in the ancient egg tempera technique.

Hospitality is one of my gifts and I use it often. I felt that I needed to paint this icon for my own home to remind me why hospitality is so important.

God Bless!

St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt is my favorite female saint that is celebrated in the Orthodox Christian Church. She is one who truly turned her life from despicable to saintly. Her story is one that gives hope to the most immoral of lifestyles and renders true repentance for the sinner. This world that we live in has so many temptations.

Because I love her story so much I decided that I needed her in my home.  I am a sinner and I need the reassurance that I too can develop the kind of relationship that she achieved with our Lord.

This Icon was executed using the ancient egg tempera technique. Egg yolks are mixed with water and in some cases white vinegar or white wine to preserve the egg yolk over extended use.

The gold is real gold leaf applied in the water guilding technique.

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To learn more about St. Mary of Egypt, visit http://orthodoxtacoma.com/maryofegypt.html.

God bless you!

Sts Peter and Fevronia

Sts. Peter & Fevronia

Sts Peter and Fevronia

An incredible couple defying the odds of classism. An unthinkable marriage between a rich Royal and a peasant. Through the grace of God and through spiritual perseverance, this couple maintained virtue and morality with constant attempted demise of the enemy and his servants. Read more about this fantastic couple. Look for the whole story to come on Catherines Pascha

The Raising of Lazarus

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Icon of the Raising of Lazarus

The icon of the Saturday of Lazarus shows Christ calling His friend Lazarus of Bethany to come out of the tomb who has died. (John 11:1-44)

Lazarus comes forth from the tomb, bound in the strips of burial cloth.

His sisters, Mary and Martha bow before Christ, expressing both their sorrow in the death of their brother, but also their faith in Christ as the Messiah and Son of God.

Christ’s disciples witnesses this miracle, as does the person who represents the crowd.