I might try to be more - 'pithy' with my posts in the New Year - and keep my commentary to a minimum. We'll see how long that lasts.
So anyway - I started a new image of St. Sebastian in anticipation of his feast day. It is only 9" x 12", acrylic on gesso board. I'm liking it already. Anyway - what follows is the prayer for the saint's feast day:
Lord, fill us with the spirit of courage which gave your martyr Sebastian strength to offer his life in faithful witness. Help us to learn from him to cherish your law and to obey you rather than men. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen..
The prayers I am using for the painting are the rosary and Psalm 119: Love of God's Law, an alphabetical psalm. It is frequently the same prayer I pray at adoration. I have found that the more one prays the psalms the deeper the Word enters one's heart and there is no need for one to make up words to pray, much less imagine...
Lord, you are just indeed;
your decrees are right.
you have imposed your will with justice
and with absolute truth.
I am carried away by anger
for my foes forget your word.
Your promise is tried in the fire,
the delight of your servant.
Although I am weak and despised
I remember your precepts.
Your justice is eternal justice
and your law is truth.
Though anguish and distress have seized me,
I delight in your commands.
The justice of your will is eternal;
if you teach me, I shall live. Ps. 119: 137-144
Art: Sebastian and Fabian - they share the same feast day.