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Matthew 24:28 by Parastos Matthew 24:28 by Parastos
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For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
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FlosPietatis Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely drawn! I also think of the image of Christ as a Pelican wounding Himself to feed his children.
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Parastos Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interestingly, while I was aware of that imagery, it didn't occur to me once as I was drawing this! :) Good reminder, I'll try to fit it in somewhere.
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hope Jesus can forgive me, but I don't understand the parable with eagles here. I believe it has a certain meaning behind it, but I have not the simplest clue :?

Could you help me out, maybe? :)
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schizocatgirl264 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why would Jesus be angry about you not knowing? It's perfectly fine to ask questions.
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Parastos Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The writings on the scrolls symbolize the two greatest liturgists of the Eastern Church. The underlined parts appear on scrolls.

The eagle (symbolizing St. John Chrysostom) holds the preface before Consecration:
Priest (in a low voice): It is proper and right to hymn You, to bless You, to praise You, to give thanks to You, and to worship You in every place of Your dominion. For You, O God, are ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, existing forever, forever the same, You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit. You brought us out of nothing into being, and when we had fallen away, You raised us up again. You left nothing undone until you had led us up to heaven and granted us Your Kingdom, which is to come. For all these things, we thank You and Your only-begotten Son and Your Holy Spirit: for all things we know and do not know, for blessings manifest and hidden that have been bestowed on us. We thank You also for this Liturgy, which You have deigned to receive from our hands, even though thousands of archangels and tens of thousands of angels stand around You, the Cherubim and Seraphim, six-winged, many-eyed, soaring aloft upon their wings,

The vulture (symbolizing St. Basil the Great) has the preface of his Liturgy:
Priest: Together with these blessed powers, loving Master we sinners also cry out and say: Truly You are holy and most holy, and there are no bounds to the majesty of Your holiness. You are holy in all Your works, for with righteousness and true judgment You have ordered all things for us. For having made man by taking dust from the earth, and having honored him with Your own image, O God, You placed him in a garden of delight, promising him eternal life and the enjoyment of everlasting blessings in the observance of Your commandments. But when he disobeyed You, the true God who had created him, and was led astray by the deception of the serpent becoming subject to death through his own transgressions, You, O God, in Your righteous judgment, expelled him from paradise into this world, returning him to the earth from which he was taken, yet providing for him the salvation of regeneration in Your Christ. For You did not forever reject Your creature whom You made, O Good One, nor did You forget the work of Your hands, but because of Your tender compassion, You visited him in various ways: You sent forth prophets; You performed mighty works by Your saints who in every generation have pleased You. You spoke to us by the mouth of Your servants the prophets, announcing to us the salvation which was to come; You gave us the law to help us; You appointed angels as guardians. And when the fullness of time had come, You spoke to us through Your Son Himself, through whom You created the ages. He, being the splendor of Your glory and the image of Your being, upholding all things by the word of His power, thought it not robbery to be equal with You, God and Father. But, being God before all ages, He appeared on earth and lived with humankind. Becoming incarnate from a holy Virgin, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, conforming to the body of our lowliness, that He might change us in the likeness of the image of His glory. For, since through man sin came into the world and through sin death, it pleased Your only begotten Son, who is in Your bosom, God and Father, born of a woman, the holy Theotokos and ever virgin Mary; born under the law, to condemn sin in His flesh, so that those who died in Adam may be brought to life in Him, Your Christ. ... (the prayer goes on and on)
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Parastos Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's simple, really. It is about the Eucharist.
In the same way eagles and vultures flock around a carcass, the Christians gather weekly in churches to eat Christ's Body and drink His Blood, broken and shed for us on the Cross. :)
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, that kinda makes sense yeah :nod: Thanks mate!
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Parastos Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always! :)
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schizocatgirl264 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love how this is ambiguous. I always remember it as "vultures" but apparently the Devil has been all over Matthew.
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Parastos Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some translations use 'eagles', others 'vultures'; that is why I used both a vulture and an eagle. :-)
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schizocatgirl264 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oooooh ok :) 
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