October 16, 2007

Patron Saints

Who amongst us doesn't like the idea of a patron saint? Each profession has one. St. Luke is often acknowledged as patron saint of artists, glaziers, and stained glass workers, amongst a host of other careers including physicians and policemen. But, some sources cite St. Mark as the patron saint of the arts. Today, I found a source that acknowledged St. Michael the Archangel as the patron saint of artists. We knew he was patron saint of armies in various religions. I suppose that's the main job. Well, it's fitting. Any job including one in the arts can be an uphill battle some days. Here's a mural section of St. Michael being completed for an iconography commission at Ss. Constantine & Helen in Colorado Springs. He's life-size. The halo is 23K gold leaf.

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