"St Ephraim the Syrian was born early in the fourth century in the ancient city of Nisibis in Mesopotamia, where the Roman Empire bordered on the Persian Kingdem. At one time Mesopotamia belonged to Syria and for this reason St. Ephraim is known as 'the Syrian.'" He is "is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church, and counted as a Venerable Father (i.e., a sainted Monk) in Eastern Orthodoxy. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in the Catholic Church in 1920."
The image selected by my patron, after a process of elimination, is located in Eastern Europe. It is in disrepair as you can see and I will need to fill in the blanks.
The saints name spelling varies:
A sample of St Ephraim's writings:
# 2 Stella Maris. Shown below in progress and completed was painted on a handmade, 3'L x18"W, thick gesso board using high grade, custom mixed, acrylic paint.
Mary, Mother of God, reigning queen of heaven and earth, is depicted with Jesus who is holding a golden globe of the world. The lower section, predella-like, is where the title will be located within the sphere surrounded by an original scene of water, land, and sky. I am currently negotiating print rights with a group in Australia. They would like to promote this painting under the title of "Our Lady of the Southern Cross" along with a new prayer.
This is the 2nd Stella Maris icon that I've completed. The first one was in Neo-Coptic style and can be viewed on ESTY where I offer print reproductions. Below find a cute presentation from one of my students who completed a Stella Maris star.
AN INTRODUCTION TO ICONOGRAPHY Student icon instruction. Photos of day 3 and at completion.. More HERE.
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
Jesus & Mary hearts workshop
Jesus Icon workshop
#1 #2 in Via Marialis here.
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