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"153 Fish" (Mary's Psalter)

Updated: Mar 26


Watercolor

12”x 9”

(2021)


Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” They said to him, “We’ll go with you.” They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing.

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.

(John 21: 3-11)

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

(Matthew 13:47-49)



The Symbols :

Pink (Red + White) : Rebirth & Passion + Purity (The entrance into the Mystery).


Green : Hope & New Life. (The Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time).

Violet : Penance & Sacrifice. (The Liturgical Seasons of Advent and Lent).

White : Purity. (The Liturgical Seasons of Christmas and Easter / Mary’s Joys).

Yellow (Gold) : Light & Joy (Mary’s Glories).

Red : Passion, Sacrifice & Suffering. (Martyrs / Pentecost / Mary’s sufferings).

Black : Death & Mourning. (Good Friday).


Fish : The Hail Mary Prayer.

Fish Body : The Baptized Christian.

Fish Outline color : The spirit of the Baptized Christian (Liturgical season color).

Fish Interior color : The soul of the Baptized Christian. (Vestment color worn by the Catholic Priest at Mass).

The Crucifix : The Apostle's Creed (The first prayer in The Rosary).


The Rose : The Our Father prayer


The Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary : The Hail Holy Queen prayer (The last prayer in the Rosary).


153 Fish : The total number of Mysteries in the Rosary plus the three at the the beginning that represent Faith, Hope and Charity.



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