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Archangel Jeremiel - Card #1 by Shinjuchan Archangel Jeremiel - Card #1 by Shinjuchan
7 days and 9 hours later since I started this piece (2/8/13) I am finished at last! ...Wow! *collapses* If you’ve been monitoring my recent updates, this is one piece of what will be a series of religious cards/icons. I haven’t done a set like this now since a commission I did for the Holy Angels Parish Church back in 1996 & 1997. It has also been the same amount of time since I last did any sort of full representation of Jeremiel. The progress and evolution of my work couldn’t possibly be any more evident. Exactly 16 years separates to these two works:




ST. JEREMIEL THE ARCHANGEL
(Junisisst Arron)

(‘Mercy of God’ or ‘Whom God has set up’)

O’ Great merciful judge of the LORD. You whom God set up to stand upon his holy word before his glorious council! Great angel judge, my path is crystal clear...


Prayer to the Archangel Jeremiel

O’ Illustrious St. Jeremiel, the Archangel of God's divine
justice, as you hold the heavenly scales that weigh our
lives on earth, we ask you to intercede for us, that God
may forgive us all our sins. Obtain for us the grace of
true repentance and conversion of heart that we may be
spared of the punishment we deserve. Offer our prayers
to God in our search for true peace and happiness
founded on truth and justice. We pray for those who are
suffering of inhumanities, dying because of injustice
and the oppressed due to manipulation and exploitation.
We also pray for our less fortunate brothers and
ourselves for the following intentions. Present to God
the Father all these petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord
together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever.


Amen!


*NOTE - As the artist, I am including this personal thought since I discovered my previous work(s) being used (Often without permission) on quite a number of different websites and blogs catering to the contact of angels & other Angelic-centered worship. Now I cannot tell you what to do and I’m not going too --no more than I can prevent this artwork from the same usage in the future. But I will state openly that I oppose it and would ask that you respectfully do not use my art for it. Any act of devotion that causes one to focus, seek out, or fall before another in deep, passionate adoration that excludes all others is idolatry! That kind of adoration belongs ONLY to the LORD our God. It does not belong to his angels.
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Starshot-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! this is really amazing and beautiful :O
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much. Wish I had more appreciation for these other arts I do :/
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Starshot-seeker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome,hun ^^

and yes, I know how you feel. Sometimes people do not appreciate when someones draw something different from what their regular draw. I was in that same situtation, like now that I drew something that isn't transformers and people didn't noticed, only ignored it, and sure the same is with this awesome pic of yours, specially is religion related and I don't know why people run off from those things -.-
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously amazing. Wow.
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you so very much! :) He took quite a bit of time out of me this week so it’s nice to see some appreciation for that effort. I have a few more to go yet so I pray for pity on my hands. I had a serious illness 5 years ago now which attacked my nervous systems and muscles that left me unable to draw much for nearly 3. I only recently returned to work and allowing for commissions again last summer.

I recognize you from one of Nayzak’s pictures. Though I don’t know him perfectly as I just met his acquaintance last week, I can see he is a good man with a good heart. His desire for unity is admirable. Very faithful too! (Now if only other persons of religions had such public devotion)
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome, he looks amazing! That illness sounds awful, though... I am glad to hear you are getting better!

I found you on Nayzak's pictures, too <3 Even though I am an Orthodox Christian, I love his artworks :)
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. And Lord knows I’m glad too! It was Guillain-Barre Syndrome; a condition that arose out of a bout w/ blood poisoning that landed me in the hospital about a year prior too. Just one of the weird, random things that happens apparently. My body just turned on itself. It was a horrible time, but I came through it.

About Jeremiel. Curiously, I was raised in a Baptist home. I couldn’t name any saint or angel to you even if I was asked --At least not once upon a time. If you don’t mind my sharing about it, I had a very profound experience back in the mid-90's. Some years before, our church had split. Though this personal conviction was not apparent at the time, as I was so young and impressionable, I felt my faith had let me down. I was disappointed. I was disappointed in God. As the years went by and I became a teenager, I seriously had reach a point in my life where I had resolved myself to Atheism. How could I be any lower?

But I had once known the LORD. I may have told myself that I didn’t believe anymore, but I must have still wanted him to be real. I was trying to find him, looking for something ...anything that felt like the presence of fellowship I had remembered. You know how some people say that they’re hungry? I think I was hungry.

I was passing by a church one day, not intending to go there at all, but the door was open and music was coming out. The denomination wasn’t important to me. I remember the sermon was: ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?’

Instantly! Immediately, a feeling came over me which I can only describe as a powerful rush! My heart pounded! I must have been frightened by it because I got up and excused myself to the restroom where I started to cry beside the sink. My friend, it’s not my place or intent to convince, but I saw God! I saw cities with angels! I heard a language being spoken that I could not understand. Hebrew? They were speaking it. One of the beings moved towards me faster than wind. He was a handsome man. He seemed carved of light, fire, gold, and love. Though he seemed to be the only one speaking English to me, I couldn’t understand his name at first. I thought he was saying ‘Genesis’. I came to realize later it was more like ‘Junisisst’; Junisisst called Jeremiel, because ‘God had set him up’. This is what I heard. I also wrote it down. I still have it in the original journal I kept.

“Ask of him without doubting, so that you may know the mercy of the Lord; how that he will not forsake you, but will fulfill the request of your soul. For God is not as men, mindful of the injuries he has received; but how he forgets injuries and has compassion upon his creature.”

and also:

“Consider doubt, how brutish and pernicious it is; and how it utterly roots out many from the faith who were very faithful and firm. Put on a firm and powerful faith: for faith promises all things and perfects all things. But doubting will harden the heart because it does not believe.”

I never heard these words before! I wanted to thank him, but he would not accept my gratitude. He said, “What do I do alone? Not from myself, but God. He has filled me with words of truth that I may speak the same to you. Like the flowing of waters flows verity from my mouth, and my lips produce his fruit. What do I do alone, know that he has caused his knowledge to abound in me because the mouth of the LORD is the true word and the door of his light?” And in addition: “To Praise God for he was only his servant.”

Nothing like this had ever happened to me before. Who on earth could I tell? And if I found someone one, how on earth could I be believed? I drew many pictures of what I saw. I must of filled up 4 sketch books --But it’s not over. I told you I was raised Baptist. I didn’t know this angel of God. Powerful as the experience was at first, doubt threatens ...But I was going to be astonished! I was looking through some books on Angels. (This was at least a good year or two later.) One of them was filled with ancient, early, and medieval Christian paintings and art. I’ll be darned, there he was! I just couldn’t believe it! Could. Not. Believe. It. Scales and all, the reason I had never been familiar of him is because he seemed to be more exclusively recognized by the Orthodox church.

My apologies for the long post, but when you mentioned being Orthodox, I felt compelled to share this. You’d be the only one that could truly understand. This happened in about 1994. I’ve never forgot him and I’ve drawn/painted him many times now over these years.

I’ve also become quite interested and fascinated by the art and chant of the Early Christian church --Coptic, Byzantine, Greek Orthodox, and Gregorian, just to name a few. I think it’s because it reminds me of the voices, the language, I heard singing then. I’m very open now. I try to welcome everyone.

Nayzak's very talented. I appreciate his desire for unity and peace. Too many people sorely just do not have or even want that. Too much hate in this world.
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that really is an incredible story! I'm so glad that you came back to God <3 <3 Through him all things are possible :)

I really, really love Church art too, like icons. They're so beautiful!
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Open as this must seem to a someone that I just met, it might be hard for me to convince you now that I don’t often share this experience --online or otherwise. I know I should. Fear can be such a powerful thing and I’ve often found myself silenced by the worry of rejection and others’ possible disbelief. I pray hard to defeat it.

Sometimes I am asked ‘Well, how do you know it was a angel of the Lord?’ or ‘How do you know it was real?’ Those are very good questions, normal ones even. I’m not Bible expert, but I know that those who come to God are changed. If my experience was an incredible dream, I was a Atheist. I had stopped believing in God! But ever since that day, and still today, I live my life for the LORD. I seek to see his face. I don’t believe a ‘dream’ could ever do that to me; to change me entirely like that. You're right: All things are possible :)
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Triela-sama Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand being hesitant to tell people. If they don't believe you or ridicule you, it hurts. Even more so when the message is one so important to you - there are very few things we take as seriously as our faith.

I'm really glad it turned you away from the path of atheism. I don't consider myself an expert on this sort of thing, and I would never wish to tell someone their profound experience was not real anyway. But I agree that it would not have had such power over you had it not been from God.
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