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Blessed Virgin our Mother Mary Immaculate  March 21 ·     ·  Hail Mary

Blessed Virgin our Mother Mary Immaculate March 21 · · Hail Mary

Byzantine Mosaic (12th century Christ Pantocrator, upper southern gallery, flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey by oriana.italy

Byzantine Mosaic (12th century Christ Pantocrator, upper southern gallery, flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey by oriana.italy

Prayer beads or japa malas are used in many forms of Mahayana Buddhism, often with a lesser number of beads than the Hindu japa malas 108 (number)--usually a divisor of 108. In Pure Land Buddhism, for instance, 27-bead rosaries are common. Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations.

Prayer beads or japa malas are used in many forms of Mahayana Buddhism, often with a lesser number of beads than the Hindu japa malas 108 (number)--usually a divisor of 108. In Pure Land Buddhism, for instance, 27-bead rosaries are common. Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations.

Chalice, ca. 1400. Made in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Spanish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1963 (63.67) #Cloisters

Chalice, ca. 1400. Made in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Spanish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Cloisters Collection, 1963 (63.67) #Cloisters

The Annunciation, parts of a polyptych, 1506  Gerard David (Netherlandish, ca. 1455–1523)  Oil on wood

The Annunciation, parts of a polyptych, 1506 Gerard David (Netherlandish, ca. 1455–1523) Oil on wood

Little Church Mexico, is part of the Alexander Girard collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Little Church Mexico, is part of the Alexander Girard collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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