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The Story of the First Easter Egg
Learn the rich traditions related to decorated eggs in Christian history and art.

Monastery Icons Tile Murals
Now you can grace the walls of your sanctuary, foyer, library, or church building with colorful tile murals of any of our icons. A wonderful fund-raising project for your parish or school! We offer these murals in sizes from 30 inches to 30 feet tall.

Lost, Found, and Crowned
The Story of the Most Famous Icon of the Virgin Mary

Did She Say "Guadalupe"?
How did Our Lady really identify herself to St. Juan Diego?

Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Holy Virgin's Miraculous Self-Portrait
Discover the rich history behind a miraculous portrait that has survived 500 years.

Who Wrote the Prayer of Saint Francis?
One of the most famous and beloved prayers, the Prayer of Saint Francis is attributed to...Saint Francis. But was he really the author?

St Francis and the Animals
We've all seen pictures and figurines of Saint Francis with the animals. Read this article to discover the story behind each of these animals.

The Story of the Byzantine Crucifix
A "sermon in color," this elaborate image will enrich your understanding of the Crucifixion.

The Story of the San Damiano Crucifix
Our Lord chose this image from which to give His inspiring message to Saint Francis. Learn more about the many saints and scenes that make this cross such an eloquent portrayal.

Saint André of Montreal: A new saint for the Americas
A saint of our own times and from our own part of the world, Saint Andre was a humble porter that changed the lives of thousands, and continues to do so to this day.

Holy Protection of the Virgin Mary
Our Lady appeared in 10th century Byzantium to show her patronage and protection for all Christians.

Saint Maria Goretti, Icon of Purity
Courage, purity, and forgiveness -- vivid lessons from the life of this young saint.

Putting the "Saint" Back in St. Valentine's Day
Learn how a third century martyr became linked with an annual celebration of romantic love...

From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus - Pt 1
The life and miracles of the holy bishop whose story gave birth to today's Santa Claus.

Saint Nicholas and the Origin of Santa Claus - Part 2
How a miraculous 3rd Century Bishop eventually became identified as Father Christmas

Living Art: A Pro-Life Message for Today from Our Lady of Guadalupe
See and learn more about the Virgin Mary's miraculous message to the world, given on the day that abortion was legalized in Mexico.

Jerusalem’s Annual Paschal Miracle: The Holy Fire
Every year on Holy Saturday a miracle takes place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where Christ was crucified and entombed, and rose from the dead. Seeing is believing!

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks
The first Native American woman to be canonized by the Catholic Church, Saint Kateri shines forth as an image of purity, courage, and prayer.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Charity
"Greater love has no man than this -- that he lays his life down for his friends." Discover the story of this holy martyr of the Nazi concentration camps.

Why “Easter”?
Why is the Resurrection called "Easter"? Why is it celebrated at a different time and each year? And why do the Eastern and Western churches sometimes celebrate it on different dates?

The Song the Angels Taught the Monks
Frequently icons are created to commemorate a Marian apparition or special divine intervention -- and in this case, a Marian hymn taught to Greek months by an angelic visitor.

Learning the Language of Icons: The Ascension
"What the Book of the Gospels explains by means of words, the iconographer shows by means of his works," wrote Saint Basil the Great. Learn what the icon of the Ascension can teach us.

What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?
The icon of the Resurrection tells us exactly what Jesus did when He "descended into Hell."

The Story of “The Song of Bernadette”
A popular book and award-winning film, "The Song of Bernadette" was originally a song of thanks by a Czech Jew who was saved from the Nazis.

The Patron Saint of Everything
Whether as our helper with our smallest daily problems, or as the patron of the Church Universal, Saint Joseph's generous help to mankind is demonstrated in every avenue of life.

"O Holy Night" Video
Inspired by the icon in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, our new Nativity icon "O Holy Night" took several months to complete. But it will only take you two minutes to see the stages of its creation unfold in this online video.

The History and Symbolism of Iconography
Who was the first iconographer and what were the first subjects for iconography? Learn about the birth and growth of this sacred art form, and the meaning and logic behind this stylized spiritual art.

How an Icon is Created
To create this online video we photographed successive stages of the creation of our latest icon, a portrait of the Holy Family. This 1¾-minute video gives you a time-lapse overview of each stage as a window into heaven is opened before your eyes.

How an Icon is Painted
Follow the creation of Monastery Icons' image of Saint John the Baptist step by step, with description and photos.

The Virgin's Smile
The following is an account of the visit of Count de Bruissard to Saint Bernadette made just before the last apparition at Lourdes.


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