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This beautiful stained glass image of the Virgin Mary was created by Ukrainian artist Petro Kholodny in 1924.On Wednesday, August 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim:

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Moses receives the Ten Commandments from God.The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Onesimus, a runaway slave, visits the apostle Paul who is in prison.1 I, Paul, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, the Blood of Jesus reconciled the world to God.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Saints Timothy and Titus are sent out into the world as missionaries for Christ.Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.

This famous painting, The Apostle Paul by Rembrandt van Rijn, is dated to 1657, oil on canvas (Dutch, 1606 - 1669 ).On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Jesus was supported in His ministry by Susanna, Joanna, and Mary Magdalene.21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 So he went with him.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, John the Baptist is born to Elizabeth and Zechariah.In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, God is revealed in all of His creation.1 It is good to give thanks to the Lordto sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O LordYour thoughts are very deep!

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak from Saved by the Alphabet, Adam and Eve commit the Original Sin.The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”