This is Saint Isidore's lesser feast-his main feast is May 15th, the date he died in 1130. I love the icon above-its looks like he is holding a spherical terrarium. If you zoom in, you can see an angel operating a plow. This is due to the story that his guardian angel sometimes did his work for him, when he was busy in spiritual matters. He is also known as Saint Isidore, the Laborer (not to be confused with Saint Isidore of Seville, a bishop who lived 500 years earlier). He lived his life just outside Madrid, working in the fields for a wealthy landowner. His wife is Saint Maria de la Cabeza, whose feast is September 9th. They were devoutly religious and ministered to the poor. For more info:
Nomen Christi Apostolate is dedicated to preparedness and sustainability.....growing our own food is the most basic way to be prepared and self-sufficient. Sustainability involves creating resilient systems of food production which respect God's great earth. We hope to move the Church closer to these ideals in the coming years. If you are like-minded and wish to join us, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org . We take Saint Isidore's and Saint Maria's example in wishing to help the poor as well, with our work. Saint Isidore and Saint Maria, watch over us!
O God, Who taught Adam the simple art of tilling the soil, and Who through Jesus Christ, the true vine, revealed Thyself the Husbandman of our souls, deign, we pray, through the merits of blessed Isidore, to instill into our hearts a horror of sin and a love of prayer, so that, working the soil in the sweat of our brow, we may enjoy eternal happiness in Heaven, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
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