Religion – Holyblog.com http://192.168.99.122/com Holyart.com Blog Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:01:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 http://192.168.99.122/com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2018/02/cropped-cropped-Holyart-Logo-32x32-32x32.png Religion – Holyblog.com http://192.168.99.122/com 32 32 Ancient Russian icons: humanity’s heritage http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/ancient-russian-icons-humanitys-heritage/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:36:09 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=252 Ancient Russian Icons are paintings of inestimable value and absolute beauty. Only revealed to the world in the early 1900s during an exhibition in Paris, they won unanimous approval and were immediately recognised as not only part of Russian heritage, but as something that belongs […]

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Ancient Russian Icons are paintings of inestimable value and absolute beauty.

Only revealed to the world in the early 1900s during an exhibition in Paris, they won unanimous approval and were immediately recognised as not only part of Russian heritage, but as something that belongs to all of humanity.

This immense value and global recognition derives from the artistic beauty of ancient Russian icons itself, but above all from the deep symbolic meaning and devotion of which they are imbued.

The true face of medieval piety is found in ancient Russian icons, devoid of all trappings and superstructure inevitably accumulated over the centuries and in the succession of the various world art trends. It is not just the appearance of the paintings, but also of materials used, the choice of colours, the context for which the icon had been made, the same approach you would take looking at a work of art.

The vision of God and the religion of our forefathers is revived in ancient Russian icons with shocking intensity, both from artistic and human points of few. Whole generations of painters drew inspiration from their vision, upsetting the history of art and decreeing a real revolution in markets and among investors worldwide. The ancient Russian icons market still remains among the most prosperous and sought after. Every authentic Russian icon must be accompanied by photos with valuation prepared by experts of the Ministry of Russian culture and export documents.

The origin of ancient Russian icons dates back to the fifth century and refers directly to the portraits of Mary attributed to Luke the Apostle, the Shroud and other depictions of Jesus and ancient Mary. The term ‘icon’ is derived from the Russian “икона”, from the Greek eikénai, ‘look like’, ‘appear’, or eikona that means ‘image’.

Ancient Russian icons are sacred images reproduced on usually lime, larch or spruce wood, covered with several layers of rabbit glue and plaster that were then smoothed with dried fish skin or sandpaper. In this way, they obtained a smooth finish without roughness, called levkas, perfectly accommodating painting and gilding. The colours were natural, of vegetable or mineral origin, mixed with egg yolk.

A characteristic feature was the frame, part of wood which contained the painting itself and represented the gap between heaven and earth, and the terrestrial and divine plan. Another feature was the gold plating of all parts and the use of dark colours alternating with clear ones to obtain a three-dimensional effect.

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The beneficial properties of natural incense http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/beneficial-properties-natural-incense/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:40:54 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=489 Incense has been used by mankind for thousands of years, since the ancient civilisations of Africa and Asia. Its extraordinary effects on the body and mind have caused it to be considered from the beginning a kind of miraculous substance, suitable to the adoration of […]

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Incense has been used by mankind for thousands of years, since the ancient civilisations of Africa and Asia.

Its extraordinary effects on the body and mind have caused it to be considered from the beginning a kind of miraculous substance, suitable to the adoration of the gods, religious celebrations and in general to all that concerned the sphere of spirituality. The use of incense, as well as bark and fragrant wood, needed to appease the gods, to bring people together with them, or with the afterlife. The incense was also used to purify the environment and the body.

In all ancient cultures and in the great sacred texts of all religions, from the Bible to the Qur’an, there are references to the use of incense.

But what is the incense? It is a resin secreted by some in particular trees, dried and often mixed with aromatic wood, leaves, flowers and berries, which give the substance a different fragrance. The purity, the color and the size of the grains defining the various types of incense.

Even today there are many types of natural incense, incense mixtures, fragrant incense, balms and essences based incense. The use of incense is no longer limited to the environment and religious occasion, but also for example to the fragrance of the domestic environments and in many cases is aimed at the welfare of the person. In fact, many ancient medicines, such as Ayurveda, has always professed the benefits that natural incense can bring to the welfare and physical and spiritual health, and today the incense is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in that of perfumes. It is used to produce creams and ointments, as an antiseptic for the lungs, as an adjunct in meditation, and in many other cases.

Even aromatherapy uses it extensively: there is evidence that the different types of incense may have significant effects on mood, stress reduction, anger, hormonal balance, and libido.

A fascinating feature is that you very often choose to work this precious substance according to ancient traditional methods, to maintain intact all the exceptional properties.

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The expressiveness of the Willow Tree collection http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/expressiveness-willow-tree-collection/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:23:57 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=419 The uniqueness that embodies the enchanting works of Susan Lordi, an American artist from Kansan City, most likely resides in their infinite expressiveness. It may sound like a contradiction for those who know her work. In fact, the feature that’s immediately evident when admiring these […]

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The uniqueness that embodies the enchanting works of Susan Lordi, an American artist from Kansan City, most likely resides in their infinite expressiveness. It may sound like a contradiction for those who know her work. In fact, the feature that’s immediately evident when admiring these resin figures is that they do not have a face, nor traits that can identify them in any way.

They have no expression. And here’s the miracle, which makes the works of this artist extraordinary small masterpieces.

Even without a face, these figures express a range of emotions and feelings so vast and profound difficult to bear. It’s their poses, the suspended gestures of their arms, their hands, which make use perceive tenderness, love, joy, and even sadness.

We think of lovely mothers clinging to their children, or lovers in a hug that seems to last forever. We also think of children with their arms full of flowers, probably for a mother that we can only imagine, or delicate young girls intertwined in a hug that is a fairy dance.

Endless love is depicted in these simple figures: a sense of tenderness that enchants these angels with wire wings, loving keepers, loyal guardians, invisible and silent friends and even sad moments.

Susan Lordi’s animals are also wonderful: dogs and cats sometimes portrayed with their masters, sometimes alone. Four-legged angels with an immense heart, creatures of pure love just to be able to stand alongside theirs Human friends.

In a world that is increasingly surrounded by banality and unnecessary complexity, ephemeral dreams of plastic and extreme technology, the resin creatures of the Willow Tree collection are an enchanting oasis of feelings and spirituality, a deep breath that invites you to look within yourself and rediscover seemingly simple and sought after emotions, yet fragile and intense.

Here are a few feedbacks from our customers who have been able to touch the wonderful works of Susan Lordi with their hands.

Gabriella F. “Simply fantastic! It’s safe because it’s heavy, elegant and refined in the design of the dress, and the wings’ texture is original. A great gift for many occasions but just as nice to join other statues of the same kind ….”

Loretta F. “A wonderful collection! I love this angel, it’s a present for myself and I can’t sto looking at it. But its meaning goes beyond its beauty…”

Laura L. “Wonderful statuette: a perfect synthesis of love between lovers.”

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The funeral from classic Greece to our day http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/funeral-classic-greece-day/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:43:09 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=408 A person’s death has always represented an important moment in any human community since the origins of civilization. For this reason, funeral rites have always existed to celebrate this transition. These rituals change over time, and depending on geographical location, civil and religious costumes of […]

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A person’s death has always represented an important moment in any human community since the origins of civilization. For this reason, funeral rites have always existed to celebrate this transition. These rituals change over time, and depending on geographical location, civil and religious costumes of the community that celebrates them.

Generally in the Western world, death is considered a negative event, which damages the dead and those close to them. Only the fact that death comes as we approach the deity, or because it’s the passage to get to a heavenly world, is sees as a consolation.

The funeral is the religious rite we know. It derives its name from Latin ‘funus’, a term that recalls the act of lowering a body in the pit using ropes. Family and friends take part in it, with a priest conducting the celebration.

Prehistoric men probably had a rudimentary way to celebrate the death, but it’s thanks to the great civilizations of the past that we can find funeral rituals similar to ours.

Leaving aside the Egyptian civilization, deeply imprinted on the idea of ​​death and materiality of earthly life, the necessity that the body in order to reborn, let’s analyze funerals in ancient Greece, which are closer to our tradition. In the Greek world, great importance was given to the funeral ritual as an act to accompany the deceased on a journey to the afterlife. It was the duty of friends and relatives to make sure that the dead received the right rites, otherwise the spirit would be condemned to wander for eternity. Falling into battle without burial or otherwise not being able to receive such rites was considered to be the worst destiny for the Greeks.

The body was washed and covered with a shawl, then exposed so that friends and acquaintances could greet it. The funeral parade was accompanied by songs, prayers, and sacrifices. The body was finally buried in a wooden or terracotta coffin, or cremated, and the ashes collected in an urn.

Even in ancient Rome there were funeral traditions, and professionals were called to prepare the rituals in the best possible way.

Even in this case there was a procession of mimes, dancers, musicians, and professional lamenters following the body. After that, a party was attended by friends and relatives. Cremation was the most common option. Ashes were collected in an urn and placed in a collective grave.

These rituals are, in many respects, comparable to the modern ones. Today more than ever funeral rituals depend on culture, religion, and personal choices of the deceased and their families.

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The ancient tradition of painted Greek icons http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/ancient-tradition-painted-greek-icons/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:22:04 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=400 The term ‘icon’ describes a sacred painting depicted on board. Actually, the word could be used for any image, regardless of materials and techniques that were used. But generally speaking, works on board produced in the Byzantine and Slavic cultures fall into this definition. The […]

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The term ‘icon’ describes a sacred painting depicted on board. Actually, the word could be used for any image, regardless of materials and techniques that were used. But generally speaking, works on board produced in the Byzantine and Slavic cultures fall into this definition. The word ‘icon’ comes from the Russian “икона”, which in turn comes from the ancient Greek εἰκών -όνος, from the verb eikénai, which means ‘to like’, ‘to appear’. Another origin is from the Greek-Byzantine word eikón, which can be translated as ‘image’.

The icons are works that transcend their material and the deep symbolism they present. Every detail, even the most insignificant, expresses a concept and alludes to a superior meaning, a precious reference to an evangelical episode, or a spiritual message. The creator of the icon is more a writer than a painter, with a theological mission rather than an artistic one.

The rules that define the icons can be found in special manuals, called hermeneia, which the iconographer must observe strictly. Among the many traditional types of icons, those in Greek-Byzantine style are certainly the most fascinating.

These icons are often painted on both sides, or diptychs or triptychs that can be easily transported. Greek icons are related to some recurring subjects, and are characterized by common elements.

Icons of the Holy Mother of God, dedicated to the widespread love in the Byzantine world for the Mother of God (Yperaghia Theotkos); in this works the Virgin is usually represented as Mother, with the Son in her arms, wearing a a tunic and a mantle decorated with three stars that symbolize her everlasting virgin.

Icons of Saint Savior, where Jesus is represented half bust and with a book in his left hand, in the act of blessing with his right hand. He wears a dark tunic that recalls his earthly nature, while the blue mantle symbolizes his divine nature.

Melchite icons, Middle Eastern icons depicting Christ, angels and saints with Arab textures.

Moving Holiday icons, for celebrations that do not occur on a fixed calendar date but are linked to the Easter cycle. They are usually dedicated to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ

Fixed Holiday icons, for celebrations fixed in the liturgical calendar.

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Pentecost: the day when we celebrate the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/pentecost-day-celebrate-holy-spirit-birth-church/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:45:38 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=372 Pentecost is perhaps, after Easter, one of the most important festivities of the Catholic Church. It’s the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Most Holy Trinity, after the Resurrection of Jesus and, in a sense, the very birth […]

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Pentecost is perhaps, after Easter, one of the most important festivities of the Catholic Church. It’s the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Most Holy Trinity, after the Resurrection of Jesus and, in a sense, the very birth of the Church.

It originally coincided with the Jewish celebration of Shavout, a celebration dedicated to the harvest in the period following Easter. On this occasion, the Jews thanked God for the fruits the land gave to them. Later on, it also became the commemoration of the day Moses received the Ten Commandments on top of Mount Sinai.

Today Catholics celebrate the Pentecost 50 days after Easter. The remembrance of the Jewish holiday is still there, especially in the thankful approach of the faithful to God. In fact even in Christian Pentecost we speak of a great and precious gift God wanted to give to His people: the Grace of the Holy Spirit. In the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, Mary and the Apostles gathered to celebrate Pentecost with the usual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, like many Jews. The Holy Ghost descended upon them in the form of a roar from the sky and tongues of fire, which flashed each one of them. From that moment on, they were able to speak any language.

The sanctifying features of the Holy Spirit are a symbol of unification and inspiration for the apostles who, after this miraculous meeting, feel they have to begin their ecumenical mission and create the Church. Before this episode, the Holy Spirit was not described as a divine person. Only in the New Testament, the vision of the Spirit of God as an impersonal force that plots the destinies of the universe is joined together with the cult of His personality: the Holy Spirit becomes a personification of God’s love towards His children, infinite wisdom used when teaching the disciples of Jesus to become promoters of truth and salvation among men. It is often depicted as a white dove, or like the flame tongues that would have touched Mary and the Apostles.

The Holy Spirit offers many gifts to those who receive it: wisdom, intellect, advice, strength, science, pity, and fear of God. All faithful benefit from the Baptism before and the Confirmation after. Pentecost is a celebration involving all faithful and especially their families, held in the grace of the Holy Spirit and more united and strong against the difficulties of every day.

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The role of the priest in the Holy Communion http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/role-priest-holy-communion/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:43:27 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=366 The role of the priest in the Communion’s preparations is important and complex in its gestures, words and symbols, defined since the origins of the Church in a precise and recurring ritual. The purpose of this ritual is to prepare the group of Faithful to […]

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The role of the priest in the Communion’s preparations is important and complex in its gestures, words and symbols, defined since the origins of the Church in a precise and recurring ritual.

The purpose of this ritual is to prepare the group of Faithful to the moment when, by consuming Bread and Wine, the sacrifice of love of Jesus Christ will be renewed once again, and His promise of hope offered to all men of goodwill.

The priest who prepares the faithful to the Holy Communion becomes the guide and vehicle not just to the Eucharist, but to Jesus Himself represented by it. The common prayers, the Pater Noster above all, a sign of respect and solemnity, symbolize the path of faith, our internal journey together with the other faithful. The Eucharist is, above all, a moment of community and devotion, and needs to be celebrated as such.

Following the prayers and the exchange of the sign of peace, a gesture that confirms the will of communion and unity of the assembly, the priest breaks the bread, symbolized by the Great Ostia, eats a piece, raises the chalice and recites: “The Body And the Blood of Christ, together in this cup, are for us food of eternal life”. From that moment, the host and the chalice are in all respects the body and blood of Christ, with His blessing and grace.

Agnus Dei is also a time for meditation and community prayer, when the faithful are preparing themselves to accept Communion. The priest prays too, silently, and asks to be purified through the Body and Blood of Christ, which become for him and for all a protection for the soul. Communion is followed by a moment of silence: the immensity of the mystery, and the fact that we just received the body and blood of Christ, requires it even during a moment of community and devotion.

The prayer after the Holy Communion, and the Amen with which the faithful responds to it, brings the ritual of Communion back on a communal level and to its end.

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5 questions and 5 answers to the altar wine http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/5-questions-5-answers-altar-wine/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:09:24 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=360 During the Last Supper, Jesus offered his disciples bread and wine, celebrating therefore the first Eucharist. Bread becomes body, wine becomes blood, in a solemn ritual that transcends every human understanding, but which has been renewed every day for thousands of years, throughout the world, […]

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During the Last Supper, Jesus offered his disciples bread and wine, celebrating therefore the first Eucharist. Bread becomes body, wine becomes blood, in a solemn ritual that transcends every human understanding, but which has been renewed every day for thousands of years, throughout the world, in the name of infinite love: a promise of hope, salvation and freedom from sins for all men. Beyond the theological and indisputable dogma which this statement is based on, there are some lovely human curiosities we would like to explore with you.

For instance, what wine is used for Mass?

A natural wine, produced according to Article 924 of the Code of Canon Law. It can be produced by a convent or by a laic business: the important thing is that it has received permission from the curia, and meets the chemical requirements. Wine can be either white or red. For example we suggest Martinez’s mass wine, a sweet and liqueur wine produced by the historic Martinez company under the supervision of the Vicar of Fornae, with the Bishop’s permission, or the Morreale’s mass wine, also produced according to the applicable Canon Law and with The bishop of Mazara del Vallo’s permission. The choice of liqueur wines is because they’re easier to preserve.

Is it correct to mix wine and water?

Absolutely yes. In addition to the fact that it was normal to dilute the wine with water at the time of Jesus, there is also a symbolic reason. Water symbolizes the human nature of Jesus mixed with the divine one, represented by the altar wine. Furthermore, mixing water and wine reminds of Jesus who, by taking our sins on him, erases them.

Bread and wine have the same importance in the Eucharist?

Yes. The Priest is obliged to consecrate both and consume them during the celebration. If he’s a non-drinker, it can be limited to a minimum quantity of wine, or even just dip the consecrated host. Instead, the priest can decide whether to give the faithful only one of the two elements or both, since Jesus is present in both bread and wine. The choice in this case depends on the priest.

What to do if the wine falls

Consecrated wine is, in all respects, the blood of Christ, and as such sacred. It can’t be poured in vain, it absolutely can’t be thrown away, and punishment is excommunication. If there’s wine left in the cup, the celebrant must drink it. Throughout the rite, wine must be covered by a small veil, because no external body can contaminate it. If it falls accidentally, it is necessary to wash the area with water which will then be poured into the sacristy of the sacristy.

And what if a non-priest drinks wine outside the Mass?

Well, it’s wine, which could be more or less nice. What makes it special is not the taste, but its consecration. If, however, it’s drunk outside the Mass with a blasphemous purpose, the punishment is excommunication.

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Combine elegance and faith: Discovering the Holyart Jewelery http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/combine-elegance-faith-discovering-holyart-jewelery/ Tue, 30 May 2017 13:07:13 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=354 Who said that you can’t combine beauty, elegance and faith into a single, perfect combination? Holyart has tried to do so with its collection of exclusive jewels handmade by Italian jewelery masters, beautiful to wear and unique. These are jewels made of gold, silver, hard […]

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Who said that you can’t combine beauty, elegance and faith into a single, perfect combination? Holyart has tried to do so with its collection of exclusive jewels handmade by Italian jewelery masters, beautiful to wear and unique. These are jewels made of gold, silver, hard stones, and enriched with refined decorations and beautiful hand-made chisels.

Truly old-fashioned objects for the care and the raw materials selected, but also with an eye for modernity and fashion, as we also offer design jewels from innovative lines like the MATER, which features rings, rosaries and bracelets in silver 925. Modern jewelry, characterized by refinement, elegance and solidity, such as the ring-rosary in silver, available in light version, burnished or decorated with enamels that give a touch of color and more refinement.

For those looking for a more classic lines linked to tradition, why not choose from the many angel-shaped pendants, wonderful gifts for First Communion or Confirmation, or any other occasion?

For example, Raffaello’s angel-shaped pendant in 750/00 gold polished, handcrafted at an Italian ornament shop with over sixty years of history. This is a light and young jewel despite the great definition of details.

You can also choose from a wide selection of silver rosaries, decorated with punching and enriched with hard stones (amethyst, agate, Quartz, onyx black, coral, turquoise), brilliant, river pearls, nacre or Swarovski crystal. Our rosaries are handcrafted by experienced masters too.

Furthermore, for a special gift to celebrate an important moment, a silver bracelet can be the ideal present. In our wide selection of silver and gold bracelets, decorated with gemstones, brilliant or Swarovski crystal, we offer a delightful silver bracelet with modern and elegant lines, decorated with small stylized angels, a gift ideal for those who always want to carry a piece of sky with them.

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Here are some gift ideas for your wedding day http://192.168.99.122/com/religious-items/gift-ideas-wedding-day/ Thu, 25 May 2017 13:06:07 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=351 The wedding day is a very important, precious, and unique moment. It definitely is so for those who get married and see their dream of love coming to life with the person they chose to be their companion or partner for life. It is also […]

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The wedding day is a very important, precious, and unique moment. It definitely is so for those who get married and see their dream of love coming to life with the person they chose to be their companion or partner for life. It is also for relatives and friends who are invited to take part in the celebration and party that seals this union of love.

Like every celebrations, marriage is also characterized by the presence of gifts. Gifts for the spouses, who often choose to make a wedding list, to receive help from the one who love them to furnish and decorate their new home; but not everyone follows this path, leaving friends with the task of finding the right gift for the occasion.

Gift ideas for a wedding can be of many kinds, but always need to be really special. You can opt for jewels like rings, bracelets, pendants, crosses, crucifixes. There are also wonderful religious statues depicting happy couples, porcelain or silver bas-reliefs that can adorn the house of the newlyweds with solemn and valuable icons. However, even a simple greeting card if chosen correctly and written with love, can be a precious and welcome gift suitable for all pockets.

There are also the gifts that the bride and groom offer to their guests like the bonbonnieres, memories, small items, but that will leave a precious and imperishable memory. There are all kinds and materials, for all tastes and pockets, in a square shape to hang or lean, or in the shape of a heart, drop, or leaf. Gift ideas for the wedding day can be made with metallic and silver decorations, Murano glass, silver foil or crystal inserts. Even in this case, creativity and ‘feeling‘ always win: a card or a cardboard with words of poetry or a particularly significant song for the bride will have even more value than a precious metal object. In the end and from both sides, the important thing is to put our heart on it.

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