Since I haven’t done any icons to show you lately, reader T.L. sent me these.
Other than her shockingly poor trigger discipline, I might like these Marys:
T.L. says the second one is from a movie called Deadly Code, which is about entire ethnic groups exiled by the Soviet Union, whose members were driven to become gangsters.
I don’t know the film, but some of its lines are pretty intriguing.
Grandfather Kuzya: [leading ceremony] By our ancestors, free hunters, and warriors, by the great Northern Forests, by the river Lena … we pray to you. Blessed Mary, Mother of God, full of grace, hear the words of this your humble servant. Forgive us honest criminals for the sins we are forced to commit. Assist us in our battle against power-mongering Polit bureaucrats, and their minions, cops and soldiers, And every other devil in uniform. Oh most gracious mother of the most gracious God. Bless our weapons, temper our knives, guide our bullets, and anoint us so that our grasp may become yours.
I think even Joel, who has commented a couple of times on the grim faces in icons, wouldn’t mind a sourpuss Mother Mary under those circumstances.