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MARY - 1st CENTURY ICON
carbon dated first century - author believed to be St Luke


 ~ FIRST CENTURY EYES ~
I first saw this ancient icon in May, during the 100th anniversary of Fatima (1917 - 2017). She captured me like no other icon of Mary I had ever seen. IT WAS HER EYES ... I began to pray ... 

 
 
... yet ... sensed I was not called to pray ... but to listen ....eyes that captured my heart, as if living windows into the eternal now  ... what is she saying to you in these deeply troubled times?

 
 
 ... something was different, but what? The colors abd paints used were unknown to artistsof that time . It said it was carbon dated as first century and 'written' by St Luke.  (Icons are not formed by human hands)  ... let's go back ...

 
 
FIRST C EYES   -   NAME   -   HISTORY   -   GOLDEN HANDS 
  - LOCATION    -   MORE LINKS  -    MARY SPEAKS



 ~ 'ADVOCATA NOSTRA' ~
 OUR ADVOCATE
I have been a liturgical artist and have studied icons for 50 +  years and had never heard of this first century icon called "Advocata Nostra" (Our Advocate).  Did notice a gaping period in time but thought it was just a matter of developing style. Also knew many icons of Mary were believed written by St Luke at the request of the apostles.
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ICONOCLASTIC CONTROVERSY
Nor had never heard of an "Iconoclastic Controversy"-  (726 AD, Leo III published an edict declaring images to be idols and not to be worshipped), still, making information about the First Century icon very hard to find. 
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TEACHING AIDS
I understood these ancient images and statues were teaching aids for the faithful in lieu of photos, internet, etc. we have today. 
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1st century 
PAINTING TECHNIQUES
The pigments used on this first century image of Mary were mixed with hot beeswax.  This technique, well over 2000 years old, is called encaustics (“Enkaustikos” Greek  for “to burn in.” ). Rarely used any more as replced with easier methods.
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IMAGES MORE NATURAL
If you check you will notice the images of that period were much more natural looking as is is this one. It was traditional then to paint a 'funeral' image of the person that would look like the person (not stylized as we see in later icons - also note stylized Egytpian art). 



 ~ HISTORY of'ADVOCATA NOSTRA' ~
MARY'S WOODEN TABLE 
BUILT BY HER  SON, JESUS
In the process of searching for information there were/are still conflicting reports.  All signs point to the carbon dating of the icon as being from the first century and tradition tells us it is the original icon written by St Luke.  Icons are known not to be created by human hands ...
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It was written after the resurrection of Christ, traceable to Jerusalem  taken to Constantinople and from there it was eventually was brought to Rome where it is now. 
 ICONS BELOW 
SHARE INTERESTING HISTORY
LEFT: Note black/white image, how upper corners, appear to be ripped wood from wood?  possibly when torn away from larger (wooden table)  . Possibly in a rush to save when icons were to be destroyed as considered  'Idol worship' (under Emperor Leo III (r. 716-41) 
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CENTER: Restored First Century Icon  as seen today (without golden hands). but found traces of gold on the hands on original
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RIGHT example of how the 1st century icon influenced so many of the Madonna's that followed. Notice, face is harsher than original. Believed from the Byzantium period. (10 - 14c) 
 Remember, the apostles wanted Luke to paint a picture of her. It is documented, when he 'wrote' the outline the image of the icon on the wooden table top, the image we see now of 'Advocata Nostra', suddenly appeared. (icons - not by human hands). Note hands point upward in traditional form of prayer as still seen in early catacombs.
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PLEASE REMEMBER SO LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT
 THIS Ic ICON, YOU WILL REVIEW MANY CONFLICTING 
REPORTS  BUT BELIEVE THESE ABOVE AND BELOW
ARE VERY DEPENDABLE
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 google for more informaiton
(ADVOCATA NOSTRA - also ADDVOCSTA NOSTRA) 



 ~ GOLDEN HANDS ~
Why called 
"MADONNA OF 
THE GOLDEN HANDS?" 

ANCIENT GREEK HISTORY tells us that in the Byzantium period, it was believed that a persons right hand held special powers, therefore golden hands . (Madonna of San Sisto)
 
 MADONNA OF SAN SISTO
That is why, when the icon was, in an early restoration, Mary's hands  carried traces of gold foil,  not painted. but formed of a thin sheet of gold foil and added to the icon afterwards. A few centuries later the left hand was also gilded and the image became known as the Madonna with Golden Hands. (Madonna of San Sisto)
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Before the most recent restoration of image (1950s) traces of the two golden hands could still be seen, as the picture shows. The Madonna with Golden Hands 



 ~ LOCATION of  'ADVOCATA'  ~
 The Madonna of San Sisto
ROME: CONVENT OF DOMINICAN SISTERS
"Advocata Nostra, (also known as The Madonna of San Sistois) may now be seen at the Dominican Sisters Convent C hurch of Santa Maria del Rosario on Monte Mario in Rome.  (CHURCH OF ST MARY OF THE ROSARY)
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This icon can be traced back to its origin in Jerusalem, where tradition has it that it was painted by St Luke after the Resurrection, at the request of the apostles. But the tradition also states that after St Luke had sketched the outline, the image of Our Lady appeared on it (some say by angels). No human hand was involved." Such works are referred: 
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www.leviedelgiubileo.it
. Via Alberto Cadlolo, 51 www.dominicanes.it www.libertaciviliimmigrazione.interno.it Every day.07:00-11:15 e 14:00-17:30. Free entry.



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PLEASE REMEMBER SO LITTLE IS KNOWN 
ABOUT THIS ICON, MANY CONFLICTING REPORTS 
BUT BELIEVE THESE ABOVE AND BELOW
ARE VERY DEPENDABLE
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for more information on this first century icon :
"A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MARY"
I FELL IN LOVE TODAY
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great information on the first icon:
SERVANT AND STEWARD
ALL ABOUT MARY
also Googlethe these names below to see
more information on these and similar icons:
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~ MARY'S STORY ~
(Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son)
  GENESIS 3:15 
Expulsion from Eden.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.

ISAIAH 7:14
name him Emmanuel
14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name  shall name him Emmanuel.

 ~ ANNUNCIATION ~
"Hail Full of grace,  , the Lord is with you!"
LUKE 1:26-29
Announcement of the Birth of Jesus. 
26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.  28 And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 
    

    
LUKE: 1:30-38
"do not be afraid"
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32  He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,  and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”35 And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God.”  38  Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
 ~ VISITATION & CANTICLE ~
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
   LUKE 1: 39-45
Mary Visits her cousin Elizabeth.
39  During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, 40  where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,  42 cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord* should come to me?  44 For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”


   
LUKE 1: 46-55
The Canticle of Mary.
46 And Mary said:“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; 47 my spirit rejoices in God my savior.  48 For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.  49 The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.  50 His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.  51 He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.  52 He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. 53 The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,  55  according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


 
 ~ PRESENTATION ~
 "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel --- "
 LUKE 2:34-35:
Presentation at the temple
34  and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted  35 (and you yourself a sword will pierce)-  so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." --- Mary's total obedience to God more important than her motherhood.


   
LUKE 11:27-28:
True Blessedness.
27  While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” 28  He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

 ~ WEDDING ~
"Do whatever he tells you"
JOHN 2:2-5:
Wedding at Cana
2  Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.  3 When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4  [And] Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”  5  His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”
  AT THE CROSS ~
to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" --- to John, "Behold, your mother!" 
 JOHN 19:25-27: 
Jesus during the Cricifixion
25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.  26 When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
 ~ MARY, QUEEN of HEAVEN ~
a woman clothed with the sun, 
the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
REVELATION  11:19-12:1:
ark of his Covenant could be seen
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm. The temple and altar symbolize the new Israel;   The worshipers represent Christians. The measuring of the temple suggests that God will preserve the faithful remnant  Is who remain true to Christ
    

    
REVELATION  12:1:
and a great sign appeared
1  A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman* clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 
   
 
   
REVELATION 12:16-18
and the dragon became angry ....
16 But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth. 17 Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.  18 It took its position* on the sand of the sea.


 
1 CORINTHIANS 6:17: 
17  But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him..
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Mary,  the New Testament Ark of the Covenant
 Mary and Jesus are now united in heaven as one, as are all of the saints in heaven)

 also see her words 
 Canonically Approved Apparitions  
Guadalupe (1531) -  Laus (1664–1718) - Miraculous Medal (1830)  
La Salette (1846) -  Lourdes (1858) -  Pontmain (1871)
 Knock (18790) -  Fátima (1917) -  
Beauraing (1932–1933) -  Banneux (1933)
what is she saying to us in these dangerous times? 
 what is she saying to you?