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"The Angel of the Lord"
Watercolors, sepia ink, gold ink
September - November 2010

Not to happy with this one, it took a long time mostly because I was just lazy and only worked on it on and off. I don't like his face, and I'm mad I inked his face... But it's not too bad, I like the colors and the lighting. And the doves.

Gabriel appears in the Bible first in the Book of Daniel I believe, but he's most famous for his involvement in the beginning of Luke's Gospel, with John the Baptist and Jesus.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechari'ah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; 15 for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." 18 And Zechari'ah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." 19 And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." Luke 1: 10-20

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" 35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:26-37

St. Gabriel is an archangel, along with St. Raphael and St. Michael.

Prayer to St. Gabriel
O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

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The Queen of Heaven
Watercolor and ink
June 2010

Now, this one I really like. I tried again in LordShadowblade's :iconlordshadowblade: sort of Art Noveau style, and this time I did a MUCH better job I think.

I also accomplished this in about a week, most of it sketching it out. Then I inked it all in one sitting, and colored it all in one day. I remember going through a lot of stress that week, and how this piece really helped to save me, Our Lady really acted to bring me peace.

The heart at top is the Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sword of sorrow. The star is the morning star, a title for Our Lady. And the rose and lilies, the flowers for Our Lady, the Mystical Rose.

We meditate on the Queenship of Mary in the Fifth Glorious Mystery, after Mary is taken up to Heaven, and crowned the Queen of Heaven and earth. This feast day is celebrated on August 22.

I have a special devotion to Our Lady as Queen. She is the Queen of her beloved children here on earth, still fighting the good fight, and we fight here under the banner of our Mother. We are her beloved knights fighting for her Son, our God and King. She is the Queen of my heart. :heart:

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Here are some prayers and quotes about Our Lady...

"And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." Rev 12:1

Salve Regina
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Ave Regina Caelorum
Ave, Regina Caelorum,
Ave, Domina Angelorum:
Salve, radix, salve, porta
Ex qua mundo lux est orta:

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa,
Vale, o valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.

V. Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.
R. Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned.
Hail, by angels mistress owned.
Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn
Whence the world's true light was born:

Glorious Virgin, Joy to thee,
Loveliest whom in heaven they see;
Fairest thou, where all are fair,
Plead with Christ our souls to spare.

V. Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against thine enemies.

Regina Coeli
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare. alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (The Litany of Loreto)
V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of the Family, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.

V. Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord!
V. Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son by the message of an angel, so, by His Passion and cross, we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. May the divine assistance remain always with us.
R. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities; but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.

"Because the virgin Mary was raised to such a lofty dignity as to be the mother of the King of kings,
it is deservedly and by every right that the Church has honored her with the title of 'Queen'." ~ St. Alphonsus Ligouri

Pope Pius XII wrote an encyclical on proclaiming the Queenship of Mary instituting her feast on August 22 called "AD CAELI REGINAM". This may be read here. [link]

Following upon the frightful calamities which before Our very eyes have reduced flourishing cities, towns, and villages to ruins, We see to Our sorrow that many great moral evils are being spread abroad in what may be described as a violent flood. Occasionally We behold justice giving way; and, on the one hand and the other, the victory of the powers of corruption. The threat of this fearful crisis fills Us with a great anguish, and so with confidence We have recourse to Mary Our Queen, making known to her those sentiments of filial reverence which are not Ours alone, but which belong to all those who glory in the name of Christian. Pius XII Ad Caeli Reginam

“Behold the power of the Virgin Mother: She wounded and took captive the heart of God.”~ Bernardino of Siena

Let us pray with joy to this magnificent Queen, the radiant Mother of God, our own Mother. Let us surrender ourselves more deeply to her Divine Son through her powerful intercession, and bind ourselves more closely to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Long live the Queen!!! :heart:

O Queen of the Universal Church, pray for us!!
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Watercolors and ink
December 24, 2010

I did this as a Christmas gift for my Grandparents. I was working on a whole bunch of Christmas gifts at the time, and this one was the second to last one. I just BARELY finished it on time, rushing it all on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. So it's a little bit messy, seriously I have never worked so fast on a painting. :XD:

I basically sketched it out, added some details, and then inked and painted bits and pieces of it as I went along. I had sketched it out before hand, by tracing the original image.

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"In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a humble Native American at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City.
She identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.
She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church's local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assorment of roses for the Bishop.
After complying to the Bishop's request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native's tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 479 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
It apparently even reflects in Her eyes what was in front of her in 1531.
Her message of love and compassion, and her universal promise of help and protection to all mankind, as well as the story of the apparitions, are described in the "Nican Mopohua", a 16th century document written in the native Nahuatl language.
There is reason to believe that at Tepeyac Mary came in her glorified body, and her actual physical hands rearranged the roses in Juan Diego’s tilma, which makes this apparition very special.
An incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to Her. Yearly, between 18 - 20 million pilgrims visit the Basilica, making it Christianity's most visited sanctuary.
Altogether 25 popes have officially honored Our Lady of Guadalupe. His Holiness John Paul II visited her Sanctuary four times: on his first apostolic trip outside Rome as Pope in 1979, and again in 1990, 1999 and 2002.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th. In 1999, Pope John Paul II, in his homily from the Solemn Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of December the 12th as a Liturgical Holy Day for the whole continent.
During the same visit Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection, and placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born. [link]

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Good website for information about this miraculous image and the symbolism on it. [link]

I believe elements of it were painted over for stylistic purposes, but the center actual image of the original Guadalupe image (held in Guadalupe, Mexico) cannot be explained by any normal means, the pigments cannot be identified, and there are no brush strokes or under sketch evident.

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Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe by Pope John Paul II:

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church!, who from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer that we address to you with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.
Mother of Mercy, Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother. We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us always with your loving hand.
Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls. Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God’s mysteries.
Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul.
We beg you to grant us a great love for all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth.
Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which come to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever.

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on December 12.
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St. Catherine of Siena
December 2010 - February 2011
Acrylics on watercolor paper

This has been a long-ish project I've been working on for a while. St. Catherine of Siena, next to Our Lady, is my favorite saint of all time and I really wanted to draw a picture of her.

A huge thank you (and a lot of credit) goes out to LordShadowblade :iconlordshadowblade: for her tremendous help on this. :hug: :glomp: She was pretty much my critic for the whole thing, and witnessed the whole process as I'd forward her every tiny little change and made sure it met with her approval. :XD: So cheers to LordShadowblade. :thumbsup:

I had some trouble color correcting this to get it to look right, and it's still not the greatest scan.

I'm very happy with her face, I think it's probably one of my better faces. The composition isn't so great, mostly becuase I had no idea what I was going to do for a background initially. And then later came up with this. :)

The ruined wall behind her is to represent the crumbling state of both the church and Europe at the time, which she helped to rebuild. The lily represents her virginity.

St. Catherine was born March 25, 1347(feast of the Annunciation!! :XD:), as is naturally from Siena, Italy. From a very young age she received private revelations of Our Lord (even as young as six years old), a vision of Jesus, and she began to live a very holy life sanctified for Christ. She was a twin (like myself) and was part of a rather large Italian family. Her mother wanted her to marry, but young Catherine had other ideas. ;) At age seven she had taken a vow of chastity. She refused to be married, and even prayed to Our Lord to make her ugly. :XD: She cut her hair. She fasted for days at a time, and she would pray for hours in her room imagining her family as the Holy Family, her brothers as the Apostles. Eventually her family and parish pastor/confessor caught onto to the fact that Catherine was not going to be married, but as she claimed was going to give her life specially to Christ.

Eventually she became a Dominican sister, living outside the convent in her own home. For several years she served her family and those around her quietly while living a withdrawn life in her cell. She went to Mass, and frequently went into long ecstasies after communion such that people around her wondered if she had died. :XD: At around age 19, she experienced a famous "mystical marriage" with Our Lord in which she was spiritually wedded to Jesus. :) Then Our Lord commanded her to go out into the world. And she did. :XD:

In the words of the Catholic historian Warren Carroll...

And spiritual darkness gave way to tongues of fire in the decade of the 1370's when one of the most vivid and glorious saints in the church'es history, Catherine of Siena, appeared on the scene scattering lightning (The Glory of Christendom)

And that's almost exactly what happened. She inspired many conversions in the city of Siena, especially among the clergy and young men. She became friends with some of these, who followed her about helping her in her ministry.

One of the more touching stories was when there was a young man who had been condemned to death for a crime. None of the priests that had tried to help him to confess his sins to receive absolution were successful, and one of them (I believe Catherine's spiritual director) came to her and told her about it. Immedietely she demanded to see the young man, and lovingly brought about his change of heart and accompanied him the whole way even holding his head as he was to be executed.

The Plague broke out again and Catherine worked tirelessly with her sisters to help the sick and the dying, sometimes even curing them miraculously even raising the doctor of a hospital from the dead.

She wrote letters to many people through out Europe, working to solve political struggles, even trying to send men to fight in the Crusades.

Most importantly it was through her letters and travels that she brought the Papacy back to Rome once more, from its long exile in Avingon, France.

One of the more amusing stories was when there was a bandit attacking Florence while she happened to be there. What the bandit would do was camp outside the city, and if they couldn't pay the specific amount of money he wanted he would attack. Well, St. Catherine DEMANDED the bishop of Florence to let her see the bandit, but he refused. However, she sent her spiritual director instead with a message. When he arrived at the camp at said he was sent by Catherine of Siena, the bandit recognized the name. "St. Catherine of Siena.... I have heard of her. She's the only MAN in Italy". :XD:

Her accomplishments are truly tremendous, simply because a little girl decided to give her life to Jesus and to passionately love Our Lord. I would describe her as one of the most spiritually advanced people of all time, and one of the Church's "most glorious saints" indeed. Her laughter and her happiness and her joy is very evident just from studying her life. I would reccomend the excellent book "Lay Siege to Heaven" by Louis de Wohl for a wonderful fictionalized account of her life.

She eventually died at age 33 (the same age as Our Lord) but in 33 years had unforgettable impact on the world. Many of her letters can be read still. Shortly before her death she dictated her only spiritual work - The Dialogues - to her confessor. It is a dialog between her soul and Our Lord discussing matters pertaining to the spiritual life. Whereas other theologians give you their opinions, she simply gives you what Jesus says. :XD: She died on April 29, 1380.

Her feastday is on April 29. :) She is one of only three female doctors of the Church.

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Prayer to St. Catherine
Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished Lamb. In troubled times she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, The Church. Father, honour her merits and hear her prayers for each of us, and for our whole parish family dedicated to her. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example. Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbour of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men's souls. Grant also to each of us our special petition . . . (pause to pray for your own intentions). We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


"Lord, take me from myself and give me to yourself." - St Catherine of Siena

Prayer to the Holy Ghost by Saint Catherine of Siena
Holy Spirit, come into my heart; draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God, and grant me charity with filial fear. Preserve me, O ineffable Love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love, and every pain will seem light to me. My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions. Jesus, love, Jesus, love. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena to the Precious Blood of Jesus
Precious Blood,
Ocean of Divine Mercy:
Flow upon us!

Precious Blood,
Most pure Offering:
Procure us every Grace!

Precious Blood,
Hope and Refuge of sinners:
Atone for us!

Precious Blood,
Delight of holy souls:
Draw us! Amen.

- Saint Catherine of Siena
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A Prayer of Saint Catherine of Siena
I see that you have endowed your vicar
by nature
with a fearless heart;
so I humbly, imploringly beg you
to pour the light beyond nature
into the eye of his understanding.
For unless this light,
acquired through pure affection for virtue,
is joined with it,
a heart such as his tends to be proud.

Today again let every selfish love be cut away
from those enemies of yours
and from the vicar
and from us all,
so that we may be able to forgive those enemies
when you bend their hardness.

For them, that they may humble themselves
and obey this lord of ours,
I offer you my life
from this moment
and for whenever you wish me to lay it down
for your glory.

Litany of St. Catherine of Siena

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, our mother, pray for us.
St. Dominic, glorious Patriarch, pray for us.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
St. Catherine benevolent mother of the poor, pray for us.
St. Catherine, kind mother of the suffering, pray for us.
St. Catherine, merciful mother of the sick, pray for us.
St. Catherine, refuge of the sorrowful, pray for us.
St. Catherine, intercessor for sinners, pray for us.
St. Catherine, rose pf patience, pray for us.
St. Catherine, model of humility, pray for us.
St. Catherine, lily of chastity, pray for us.
St. Catherine, vessel of graces, pray for us.
St. Catherine, zealous promoter of the honor of God, pray for us.
St. Catherine, luster of holiness, pray for us.
St. Catherine, example of mildness, pray for us.
St. Catherine, glory of the Order of Preachers, pray for us.
St. Catherine, fruitful mother of spiritual children, pray for us.
St. Catherine, promoter of peace, pray for us.
St. Catherine, terror of the evil spirits, pray for us.
St. Catherine, follower of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst give the blossoms of thy innocent youth to the service of thy Heavenly Spouse, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst lead an angelic life in human flesh, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst tear thy virginal flesh with scourges, pray for us.
St. Catherine, whom Jesus, Himself, did feed with His Body and Blood, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst exchange thy heart with the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who was blest with His Holy Wounds, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who was taken to Heaven to the celestial nuptials, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst receive a hundredfold, reward for all thy labors and merits, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O glorious Virgin, St. Catherine
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray: O God, who didst enable Blessed Catherine, graced with the special privilege of virginity, and patience, to overcome the assault of evil spirits, and to stand unshaken in the love of Thy Name, grant we beseech Thee, that after her example treading under foot the wickedness of the world, and overcoming the wiles of all enemies, we may safely pass onward to Thy glory.Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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St. Catherine of Siena, ora pro nobis!!!
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my rendition of the fifty fourth massachusetts regiment and their regimental commander, col robert gould shaw (the only white guy in the drawing), charging towards fort wagner (not shown) near charleston, south carolina in 1863.

the fifty fourth was one of the first african american regiments to be established during the civil war. whereas some black regiments were composed of freed slaves and "contrabands," the fifty fourth was made up of free men from the north recruited by abolitionists to take up arms for the union. used initially for manual labor (under the impression that black soldiers were unfit for a combat role) the regiment saw its first engagement in a skirmish in james island, south carolina on july 1863, successfully repelling a confederate assault. the fifty fourth then became acclaimed as they spearheaded the assault on fort wagner (the ultimate objective was to capture a series of forts protecting charleston harbor, fort wagner being the first to be taken). although the regiment lost almost half its men, col shaw included, this proved that african american troops were very much capable in combat. the regiment would serve until the end of the war, receiving 20+ congressional medals of honor, the first being awarded to sergeant william h. carney decades later for recovering the regimental colors after the initial bearer was killed.

this piece is long overdue, as i had plans to do a type of commemorating piece to the fifty fourth since i was 13 (now i'm 20).
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(c) Kurumada Masami
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:iconphyrra: commissioned me to make this pic ^^

They are her OCs, Phyrra and Saint Seiya Camus. Please visit her gallery to know more about them, ok? ;)

I think I didn't pick suitable colors to paint this pic. Yeah... a bit sad :(
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Japan is hot as usual...oh
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Kiriban for :iconplantress:

Shura and Aiacos dressed like old-fashioned knights ^^ Epic battle art nouveau style hehe xD
I hope you like!!

Texture by: `Princess-of-Shadows
Frame by: :devdg_sama:
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