st. felicity


On this day in 1464, Neri di Bicci painted an altarpiece depicting St Felicity and her Seven Sons for the saint’s eponymous church in Florence. According to Neri’s workshop notebook, or ricordanze, in which he recorded all of his activities from 1453 to 1475, the altarpiece’s patron was Tanai de’ Nerli (1427-98), a prominent Florentine citizen who lived in the parish of Santa Felicita. Tanai’s coat of arms is displayed prominently in the altarpiece’s predella. The Nerli arms are shown alone at the left and together with the Tornaquinci family arms in a single shield at the right. It is unclear what Nerli-Tornaqunici marriage is being referenced here since Tanai was married to Nanna Capponi, with whom he would commission Filippino Lippi to paint another altarpiece for the church of Santo Spirito after 1494. It would not be surprising to find a descendant of Tani rededicating the altar at a later date and updating the arms to honor his wife’s family.

Reference: Bruno Santi. “Neri di Bicci.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <>.

Neri di Bicci, Saint Felicity and her Seven Sons, 1464, oil on panel, Santa Felicità, Florence

Nerli Family Arms

Tornaquinci Family Arms

Capponi Family Arms

Neri di Bicci, Saint Felicity and her Seven Sons, detail

Filippino Lippi, Madonna and Child with Saints (Nerli Altarpiece), aft. 1494, oil on panel, Santo Spirito, Florence

Mumford & Sons & Friends

A little something to keep you entertained during the hiatus!

Awake My Soul - Mumford & Sons with Haim

Atlantic City - Mumford & Sons with Haim and Ben Howard

The Weight - Mumford & Sons with Haim and Ben Howard

The Chain - Mumford & Sons with Haim, Ben Howard, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Galway Girl - Mumford & Sons with Haim, Ben Howard, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Vaccines

Wagon Wheel - Mumford & Sons with Haim, Apache Relay, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Simone Felice, Jeff the Brotherhood, Justin Townes Earle

Go To Sleep - Mumford & Sons with Matthew the Atlas

House of the Rising Sun - Mumford & Sons cover

Deep Water - Mumford & Sons cover

Amazing Grace - Mumford & Sons with Cadillac Sky, Apache Relay, Old Crow Medicine Show

Sweet Home Alabama - Mumford & Sons with Cadillac Sky

The Ghost of Tom Joad - Mumford & Sons with Elvis Costello

Come Together - Mumford & Sons with Bears Den, The Vaccines, and Rubblebucket

Baby Don’t You Do It - Mumford & Sons with Deap Vally

When My Time Comes - Dawes with Mumford & Sons

Angel Band - Mumford & Sons with Bela Fleck, The Punch Brothers, and Jarozs

Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen with a drunk Mumford & Sons

This Train is Bound for Glory - Mumford & Sons with Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

The Boxer / Awake My Soul - Mumford & Sons with Jerry Douglas

Proud Mary -  John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons

Down on the River - John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons and The Vaccines

Born on the Bayou- John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons

Have You Ever Seen The Rain - John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons

Mystic Highway - John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons

Bad Moon Rising - John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons

Lodi - John Fogerty with Mumford & Sons

All Along the Watchtower - Marcus Mumford, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds

Banjolin Son / Awake My Soul - Mumford & Sons with Johnny Flynn

Tickle Me Pink - Johnny and Lillie Flynn with Marcus Mumford

Eyes of Holloway - Johnny Flynn with Marcus Mumford

plumtusion  asked:

Do you know of any black saints? I'm trying to learn more about different saints in general, but I wanted to start there.

Awesome! Some I can name off the top of my head are St. Augustine (yes, one of the most influential theologians was Black) and his mother St. Monica, Felicity and Perpetua (two of my sapphic faves!) Catherine of Alexandria, Martin de Porres (his mother was either African or Native American), St. Moses the Black (yes that’s his title lmao), St. Benedict the Moor (also his official title), and Sister Thea Bowman (a super awesome African American figure). 

And here is a website with a whole list of Black/African Saints. And here’s a webpage with just fifteen if you want to start out with a less overwhelming number. This site (which I also link below) has a good number of the most well-known early African Saints. 

I think people often don’t realize that certain Saints are Black because they are, alas, whitewashed in most images of them (Augustine being a prime example of that). So when you click the links above, you’ll probably take one look at the images included on webpages and go “lol this guy’s not black!” It can be frustrating, but luckily non-whitewashed art is out there – it’s usually very ancient or very contemporary. I’ll include some here.

Felicity and Perpetua, source, source

Augustine and Monica, sourcesource, source

Moses the Black (source), Thea Bowman (source), Martin de Porres (source)

Africa played a key role in early Christianity, and it’s a shame that history tends to be ignored by Christians today. As this webpage attests, three of the earliest popes were African! as were many martyrs. One place you can go to look into that is the website of the Center for Early African Christianity

If anyone has more resources, please share! 

St. Perpetua and St. Felicity (3rd Century AD) St. Perpetua and St. Felicity lived in Northern Africa in a time when Christians were persecuted. St. Perpetua was a noble woman and St. Felicity was her slave. When St. Perpetua was arrested for being a Christian, her father begged her to renounce her faith but she refused to. Her slave, St. Felicity was also arrested for being a Christian and she gave birth to a child in prison. Both saints were martyred with many other Christians in a stadium. St. Perpetua and St. Felicity’s feast day is on 7 March. 


Saint and Crystal Associations

Here is a list of a few of my favorite saints, and one’s I most often invoke in my practice as a Catholic/Christian witch, and crystals that I associate them with. I’m posting this as a potential resource for other Christian witches. These are my own personal associations so if they don’t feel right for you feel free to use different crystals with different saints. Thanks and enjoy. 

St. Michael the Archangel –> Black Tourmaline

Michael the Archangel is a fearsome and powerful angel who is charged with fighting against evil, sin, negativity, etc. Black Tourmaline does the same thing an acts as a powerful protector against negativity and can shield those who use it. Because of this I associate this crystal with Michael and when I carry it I imagine this angel/saint’s protection surrounding and guarding me. 

St. Perpetua & St. Felicity –> Lapis Lazuli

Perpetua and Felicity were two women of color who should be given more credit for how their story helped spread Christianity during the time of early Christianity. Both were great close friends and may have also been lovers. Since I’m pansexual I like to think that they were personally. Lapis Lazuli is a crystal that promotes friendship, companionship, and truth. Its the perfect crystal for any relationship. When I use this crystal I imagine St. Perpetua and Felicity filling my home and heart with a greater care for those I have a deep emotional relationship with whether that be friendship or with a partner (though I admittedly also use the more popular and obvious rose quartz as well, but I tend to use that more for self love than romantic love so…)

St. Teresa of Avila –> Labradorite

Teresa of Avila is one of my favorite saints she was sassy, confident, tough, and didn’t take shit. I associate her most with Labradorite because of its spiritual connections, its ability to help create clarity of mind (which Teresa often strived for during her mental prayers), and its ability to banish fear and insecurity. It also relieves mental stress and Teresa was plagued with terrible headaches. It can also help with inspiration, which works well with Teresa as the patron saint of writers. I use this stone when I am trying to be creative and working on any type of writing that I need Teresa’s intercession on. I also use it when I need help with my spirituality or when I am dealing with people attacking me for my faith as a lot of people gave Teresa shit for her visions and spirituality. 

St. Catherine of Siena –> Tiger’s Eye

Catherine was another feisty woman who wasn’t afraid of anyone. She argued with the Pope constantly sending him letter after letter refusing to give up. Because of this I associate her most with Tiger’s Eye for determination. I use this crystal and invoke Catherine’s help when I am having a low spoon day and having a difficult time motivation myself. Since this is also stone for protection I use when I am feeling attacked or judged at church (or just by religious people in general) and remind myself that Catherine of Siena, and honestly most female saints, were belittle and mistreated because of their faith so I’m in good company.  

St. Hildegard of Bingen –> Amethyst

Hildegard is by far one of my most favorite saints! She was a doctor, herbalist, composer, musician, writer, leader, and visionary. Hildegard was a master at so many things but I feel the deepest connection to her spiritual visions, prayers, and music, because of this I associate her most with Amethyst a crystal that has a high spiritual vibration. I use this when I’m struggling with my spirituality or simply want to enhance my spirituality.  

There are only a few saints and crystal associations that I have. I might do another one of these. Also feel free to message me with particular saints and ask me what crystals I’d associate them with. Again this is just my own personal associations and if these don’t fit for you feel free to associate a different saint with a different crystal. 


Happy Feast Day of Sts Perpetua & Felicity MARTYRS - March 7 

“When my father in his affection for me was trying to turn me from my purpose by arguments and thus weaken my faith, I said to him, ‘Do you see this vessel—waterpot or whatever it may be? Can it be called by any other name than what it is?’ ‘No,’ he replied. ‘So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am—a Christian.’”
So writes Perpetua, young, beautiful, well-educated, a noblewoman of Carthage in North Africa, mother of an infant son and chronicler of the persecution of the Christians by Emperor Septimius Severus. Despite threats of persecution and death, Perpetua, Felicity (a slavewoman and expectant mother) and three companions, Revocatus, Secundulus and Saturninus, refused to renounce their Christian faith. For their unwillingness, all were sent to the public games in the amphitheater. There, Perpetua and Felicity were beheaded, and the others killed by beasts.

Tomorrow is Confirmation.

A couple of reminders for 2010-11’s Second Year Confirmandi:

  • Make sure you get to Holy Spirit around (or before would be best) at 4:15 PM at the De Sousa House 
  • Your sponsor should be with you to line up with the rest of your fellow Confirmandi. If not, make sure that if he or she cannot make it, so contact a WAVES and they will fill in if you’d like.
  •  Ladies, make sure you wear appropriate clothing that is atleast down to your knees because I don’t think you want to show anything and wear comfortable shoes if you don’t want to trip on the alter.  
  • Guys, dress up with a nice collar, slacks, and dress shoes. NO JORDANS/NIKES/VANS please.
  • Remember it’s your Confirmation, NOT a fashion show.
  • Keep track on where you are going and pay attention when you go in and out of the pews for to and from the alter. We don’t want any collisions this year!
  • Remind your Sponsor what your Saint name before s/he presents you at the Alter, unless you want to kneel there for awhile.
  • And if you want to take pictures, I want one please! :)

Anyways, you guys have made it! It was a two year journey for all of you. At first you guys were just kids from different schools who were forced to go there because your parents just left you there. Maybe some of you didn’t think of it this way. You guys bonded between classes and through retreats and became a family. And it’s an honor to see you all grow in faith in God and within yourself as well. I’m so happy and proud of each and every one of you. I love you all and see your beautiful/handsome selfs tomorrow. :)

A Flarrow Vacation

Fic by olicityalamode  and aubvi

SUMMARY: Felicity, Oliver, Diggle, Barry, Iris, Caitlin, Roy, and Ronnie go on vacation. Chaos ensues. Light-hearted humor follows. Romances begin.

Couple: Oliver/Felicity

Ao3 link

​They almost didn’t make it. The girls would have killed Barry if they had missed the plane. But, as usual, he made it just in time.

“Well thank God,” said Caitlin, standing up from her seat next to Ronnie and putting her hands on her hips. “This neck pillow only lasts so long before it deflates,” she continued, gesturing to the inflatable around her neck.

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