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Detail, Wall Painting, Old Church of St. Mary of Zion, Axum, Ethiopia

Detail, Wall Painting, Old Church of St. Mary of Zion, Axum, Ethiopia
Old Church
Image by A.Davey
I wish I had photographed the whole panel and not just the figure’s head. But now that I’ve learned a little more about Ethiopian Christian Orthodox art from viewers, I’m going to identify this image as "Saint Gebre Menfes Kidus, more popularly known as Saint Abbo, who founded the monastery on Mount Zuqwala (various spellings)."

Why? You might say a little bird told me.

Seriously, though, the elements in this image are virtually identical to those in a painting I photographed in Lalibela. Both paintings depict a man with a flowing beard and odd clothing standing with upraised hands, while a little bird flutters next to his head. It was the bird’s presence in both paintings that made the connection for me.

I like the bird in both paintings, but the odd little creature in the Lalibela version of this image is my favorite because it looks like a penguin hand puppet with little hands.

Flickerite PJBayens kindly identified the figure in the Lalibela painting as Saint Abbo. You can see the Lalibela painting below, together with PJBayens’ full comments.

Axum, Ethiopia

Scottish National Covenant detail

Scottish National Covenant detail
Church Covenant
Image by tigerweet
As an ever distant King Charles tried to force the Scottish church to align with the suspiciously Catholic-sounding English church, with no consultation of anyone north of the border, the Scottish National Covenant was signed at Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh. This eventually led to Scotland taking Cromwell’s side during the British Civil Wars.

Detail of an Edward Burne-Jones window at Historic Second Church

Detail of an Edward Burne-Jones window at Historic Second Church
Church furniture
Image by yooperann
One of a pair of gorgeous stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones of the William Morris & Co studios. The windows were included in a 1902 "Morris Memorial Room" at the Tobey Furniture Company in Chicago. A church member named Franklin Gray purchased them for 2nd Presbyterian.

This is St. Margaret, the patron saint of childbirth.

Friends of Historic Second Church