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Tue, Nov 30th - 4:22PM

Patron Saint of Musicians

Saint Cecilia, who is said to have praised God by music, is the patron saint of musicians. She is particularly connected with the organ.

She is said to have been put to death by the Romans because of her loyalty to the Christian faith. This may have been in the second century A.D. in the time of the emporer Marcus Aurelius. Her husband and his brother were killed by the prefect Turcius Almachius. The officers of the prefect then sought to have Cecilia killed as well. The officials attempted to kill her by boiling her alive. However, the attempt failed, and she was to be beheaded. The executioner attempted to decapitate her three times unsuccessfully, at which time he fled. Cecilia survived another three days before succumbing.

Shown is The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia painted in 1514 by Raphael.

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Tue, Nov 23rd - 4:41PM

Monastery of Saint Catherine

Monastery of Saint CatherineIn the Bible, the "mountain of God" is interchangeably called Horeb and Sinai, which may point to the influence of different traditions. During the early Christian era, hermits and ascetics settled in the Sinai Peninsula, particularly in its southern portion.

In the 6th century, the Byzantine emperor Justinian I built and fortified the Monastery of Saint Catherine at the foot of Mount Sinai. Named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, it served as a site of Christian pilgrimage for many centuries and remains a functioning Greek Orthodox monastery. Its grounds contain a thorn bush said to be the one in which God appeared to Moses.

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Tue, Nov 9th - 12:13PM


A tradition of painting icons developed in eastern churches from a legend that the Evangelist Luke painted a portrait of Mary. The icons are intended to create a spiritual connection between the observer and the figure represented.

The iconoclastic movement starting in the 8th century, which condemned icons as idolatry, led to the destruction of much religious art throughout the Byzantine Christian world, and it was not until the next century that icons were restored to their former position of honor in religious observance.

To avoid the taint of idolatry, icons were created with a formalized, deliberately stylized aspect that emphasized otherworldliness rather than human feeling or sentimentality.

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Tue, Nov 2nd - 3:19PM

In the course of a job interview, the human resources director asked the young applicant: "If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?"

Nonplussed, the nervous applicant replied: "The living one."

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