Sevens and the Church

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Sevens of the Early Church

Seven of Saint Vincent's Hospital

Seven Liturgical Colors

Seven Colors of Faith

Seven Parts of the Vested Chalice

Seven Blessings on the Righteous

Seven Woes of the Unrighteous Pharisees

Seven Stars or Angels of the Seven Churches

Seven Gifts or Doves of the Holy Spirit

Seven Branches of the Temple Menorah

Seven Branches of Learning

Seven Days of Creation

Seven Abominations of the Lord

Seven Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

Seven Ancient Lights or Heavenly Bodies

Seven Days of the Week

Seven Points of Direction

Seven Colors of the Rainbow

Seven Musical Notes

Seven Seas

Seven Continents

Seven Dwarfs

Seven Original American Astronauts

Seven Poison Ivy Identifiers

Seven Great Descriptive Statements of God's Son Jesus

Seven Petitions of the Lord's Prayer

Seven Last Words of Christ


Sevens of the Early Church

SEVEN DEADLY SINS

PRIDE
GREED
LUXURY
ENVY
GLUTTONY
ANGER
DESPAIR
Separate us from our Source.

SEVEN CARDINAL VIRTUES

FOUR PAGAN VIRTUES
WISDOM
COURAGE
SELF-CONTROL
JUSTICE

THREE CHRISTIAN VIRTUES
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
Unite us with our Source.

SEVEN BODILY WORKS OF MERCY

FEEDING THE HUNGRY
GIVING DRINK TO THE THIRSTY
CLOTHING THE NAKED
VISITING THE SICK
HOUSING THE HOMELESS
RANSOMING CAPTIVES
BURYING THE DEAD
Sought by LOVE.

SEVEN SACRAMENTS

BAPTISM
CONFESSION
CONFIRMATION
HOLY COMMUNION
MARRIAGE
ORDINATION
EXTREME UNCTION
From the early church,
Provide for forgiveness of SINS and
strength to seek VIRTUE and do MERCY.

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Seven of Saint Vincent's Hospital

SEVEN SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY

ADMONISH THE SINNER
INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT
COUNSEL THE DOUBTFUL
COMFORT THE SORROWFUL
PATIENTLY BEAR WRONGS
FORGIVE INJURIES
PRAY FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

Reflect the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Seven Liturgical Colors

+ VIOLET +
signifying Penitence and Mourning
during
Advent, Septuagesima to Lent, Ash Wednesday,
Lent, Palm Sunday, Passion Week, Holy Week,
Holy Innocents Day, Funerals, Rogation Days,
Ember Days, and Vigils.

+ BLUE +
signifying Truth and Eternity
during
Advent (rarely).

+ WHITE +
signifying Purity, Perfection, and Joy
during
Christmas Day and octave
(the feast plus 7 days)
Feast of Epiphany and octave,
Purification of the Virgin Mary,
Ordination and Confirmaton,
Maundy Thursday Eucharist,
Easter Even, Easter Day and until Whitsunday
Ascension Day and octave, Trinity Sunday,
All Saints Day and octave, Holy Innocents Day,
other Saints Days,
festivals including Baptism and Marriage,
and Funerals.

+ GREEN +
signifying Life, Hope, Regeneration,
Peace, and Immortality
during
Sundays after Epiphany and Trinity.

+ BROWN +
(unbleached linen)
signifying Sacrifice
during
first four weeks of Lent (sometimes).

+ RED +
(Rose)
The color of the Holy Spirit.
signifying Blood, Fire, Martyrdom and Love for God
during
Ordination and Confirmation,
Palm Sunday, Passion Week, Holy Week,
Whitsunday, Pentacost and octave,
Feast of the Martyrs, and Holy Innocents Sunday
(Third Sunday in Advent and Mid-Lent Sunday).

+ BLACK +
signifying Death
during
Good Friday with black wrappings but bare altar,
and Funerals.

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Seven Colors of Faith

Black represents Our Sins.

Yellow represents the perfect Light
of God.

Red represents the Blood
Jesus shed for us.

White represents the Cleansing
of Our Sins.

Blue represents the Baptism
indentifing us with Jesus.

Green represents the New Life
we have in Jesus.

Purple represents the Crown of Life
promised to those Loving God.

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Seven Parts of the Vested Chalice

CHALICE.....

(gold or silver cup for the Wine at Holy Communion)
covered with a folded.....

PURIFICATOR

(cleansing cloth for the sacred vessels after Holy Communion)
upon this the...

PATEN

(gold or silver plate for the Bread at Holy Communion)
upon this the...

PRIEST'S WAFER

upon this the...

PALL

(Chalice linen cover)
upon this the...

VEIL

(Chalice covering)
upon this the...

BURSE

(Thin case containing the corporal or linen square,
the second corporal or post Communion veil, if used,
and a purificator)

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Seven Blessings on the Righteous

The Poor in Spirit or Martyred shall
OBTAIN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

Mourners shall
BE COMFORTED.

The Meek shall
INHERIT THE EARTH.

Those Hungering for Righteousness shall
BE SATISFIED.

The Merciful shall
RECEIVE MERCY.

The Pure in Heart shall
SEE GOD.

The Peacemakers shall be
CALLED SONS OF GOD.

Matthew 5:2-12

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Seven Woes of the Unrighteous Pharisees

Denying Themselves Access to the Kingdom of Heaven,
As Well as to Others Seeking the Kingdom of Heaven.

Making Long Public Prayers,
While Cheating Vulnerable Widows.

Taking Great Effort to Make Converts,
Then Making Them Worse Than Themselves.

Saying an Oath on the Altar May Not Be Binding,
While an Oath on a Gift for the Altar Must Be Binding.

Tithing and Following the Details of the Law,
While Neglecting the Basis of the Law: Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness.

Outwardly Appearing Righteous,
While Inwardly Being Full of Greed and Self Indulgence.

Decorating the Graves of Godly People Killed by Their Ancestors,
While Falsely Saying They Would Not Have Killed Godly People Themselves.

Matthew 23:13-31

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Seven Stars or Angels of the Seven Churches

Love-Lacking
EPHESUS

Persecuted
SMYRNA

Over-Tolerant
PERGAMUM

Compromising
THYATIRA

Sleeping
SARDIS

Faithful
PHILADELPHIA

Complacent
LAODICEA

Revelation 1:9 - 3:22

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Seven Gifts or Doves of the Holy Spirit

POWER

WEALTH

WISDOM

MIGHT

HONOR

GLORY

BLESSING

Revelation 5:12

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Seven Branches of the Temple Menorah


SEVEN HEAVENS

The Maturing of Our Souls
(Touch menorah just above oil cups.)


SEVEN ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

All Love
(Touch menorah at opening of oil cups.)



...I am the Vine, you are the Branches...
John 15:5

The Menorah is the Tree of Life of the Garden of Eden.
The Central Vine is the Messiah.
The Six Branches are Humankind created on the Sixth Day.
The Messiah is also the Central Servant Candle lighting the others.




SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK

Sabbath is Central
(Touch menorah at base of oil cups.)


SEVEN HUMAN KNOWLEDGE REALMS

Must Focus on God
(Touch menorah at striped end of branches.)


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Seven Branches of Learning

LOGIC

RHETORIC

ARITHMETIC

GEOMETRY

MUSIC

ASTRONOMY

GRAMMAR

Proverbs 9:1
"Wisdom hath builded her house,
she hath hewn out her seven pillars."
(Artes Liberales)

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Seven Days of Creation

In the Beginning,
When God created Heavens and Earth,
Earth was a formless Void,
And Darkness covered all.

God said, Let there be Light of Day
Against Darkness of Night.
There was evening and there was morning,
The FIRST Day.

God said, Let there be a dome of Sky
Separating what is above, from Waters below.
There was evening and there was morning,
The SECOND Day.

God said, Let Waters gather in Seas
Leaving dry land Earth.
And let Earth put forth Plants yielding seed.
There was evening and there was morning,
The THIRD Day.

God said, Let there be Lights in the dome of Sky.
One greater Light to separate and rule Day,
Lesser Lights to rule Night.
There was evening and there was morning,
The FOURTH Day.

God said, Let Waters bring forth
Swarms of Living Creatures who multiply.
Let Birds fly across the Sky, and multiply.
There was evening and there was morning,
The FIFTH Day.

God said, Let Earth bring forth its Living Creatures
And let us create Humankind in our Godly image
To have dominion over Living Creatures.
There was evening and there was morning,
The SIXTH Day.

Heavens and Earth were Finished.
God rested from the work of Creation.
God blessed that day of Rest,
The SEVENTH Day.

Genesis 1:all and 2:1-4

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Seven Abominations Of The Lord

Arrogant Haughty Eyes

Lying Tongues

Hands Shedding Innocent Blood

Hearts Devising Wicked Plans

Feet Hurrying to Run to Evil

Lying Witnesses Testifying Falsely

Sowers of Family Discord

Proverbs 6:1619

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Seven Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

GUILT
Caregivers repeatedly feel they did the 'wrong' thing.
This can be corrosive and counter productive.
Caregivers should lower their standards from ideal to real.
Respite Care helps caregivers determine those realistic standards.

RESENTMENT
Caregivers are feeling out-of-control abuse.
This leads to depression.
Caregivers should vent to a confidante or journal.
Respite Care becomes the caregivers' confidante.

ANGER
Caregivers feel their situation is exceedingly out-of-control.
This leads to heart disease, digestive-tract disorders, and headaches.
Caregivers should do deep breathing exercises,
let go, become more assertive, and find humor.

Respite Care takes control, helps caregivers let go,
gives them confidence, and provides laughter.

WORRY
Caregivers obsess over the what-if's.
This causes sleep loss, head and stomach aches, and over or under eating.
Caregivers should consciously limit their negative thoughts and seek help.
Respite care helps caregivers have more positive and less negative thoughts.

LONELINESS
Caregivers' social world is shrinking.
This curbs willpower and causes overeating, drinking, and even dementia.
Caregivers should expand social circles,
get respite help, and join support groups.

Respite care expands the caregivers social world
and provides them time to be more social.

GRIEF
Caregivers anticipate the steady certain loss of their loved ones.
This leads to guilt, sadness, and depression.
Caregivers should 'allow' the grief, tell others,
and make time for themselves.

Respite care empathizes with caregivers and
provides them time for just themselves.

DEFENSIVENESS
Doing so much makes caregivers feel right and
their less involved critics wrong.

This makes caregivers closed-minded to a possibly better way.
Caregivers should not take things personally and
stay focused on what is best for their loved one.

Respite care shares the caregivers workload and
helps them stay properly focused on their loved one.



Dave Watts' Summary with Respite Care Comment of
Article by Senior Editor Paula Spencer Scott, on Caring.com

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Seven Ancient Lights or Heavenly Bodies


Moon from guardian.co.uk, 2012
MOON
Angel of Hope and Dreams - Gabriel
Sensitive and Refined Metal - Silver


Mercury from futurity.org, 2012
MERCURY
Civilizing Angel - Raphael
Talking and Shifting Metal - Mercury


Venus from astrologosdelmundo.ning.com, 2012
VENUS
Angel of Love - Anael
Artistic and Harmonizing Metal - Copper


Sun from tmgnow.com, 2012
SUN
Angel of Light - Michael
Royal and Proud Metal - Gold


Mars from denverastrosociety.org, 2012
MARS
Angel of Destruction - Samael
Strong and Assertive Metal - Iron


Jupiter from NASA, 2012
JUPITER
Administering Angel - Zachariel
Theorizing and Obsessing Metal - Tin


Saturn from solstation.com, 2012
SATURN
Angel of Solicitude - Oriphiel
Dark and Controlling Metal - Lead


Jewish/Christian Cabala links
Celestial Lights and Angels

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Seven Days of the Week

SUNDAY
Day of the Sun

MONDAY
Day of the Moon

TUESDAY
Day of the god Tiu
The English/Germanic god of war and the sky

WEDNESDAY
Day of the god Woden
The chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god

THURSDAY
Day of the god Thor
The Norse god of thunder

FRIDAY
Day of the goddess Freya
The Teutonic goddess of love and beauty
and prolific procreation

SATURDAY
Day of god Saturn
The Roman and Italic god of agriculture

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Seven Points of Direction

HERE

FORWARD

BACKWORD

LEFT

RIGHT

UP

DOWN

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Seven Colors of the Rainbow


RED



ORANGE



YELLOW



GREEN



BLUE



INDIGO



VIOLET

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Seven Musical Notes

DO

RE

ME

FA

SO

LA

TI

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Seven Seas

ARTIC

ANTARTIC

NORTH PACIFIC

SOUTH PACIFIC

NORTH ATLANTIC

SOUTH ATLANTIC

INDIAN

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Seven Continents

AFRICA

EUROPE

ASIA

NORTH AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA

ANTARTICA

AUSTRALIA

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Seven Dwarfs

Bashful

Doc

Dopey

Grumpy

Happy

Sleepy

Sneezy

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', 1937

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Seven Original American Astronauts

M. Scott Carpenter

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.

John H. Glenn, Jr.

Virgil I. Grissom

Walter M. Schirra, Jr.

Alan B. Sheperd, Jr.

Donald K. Slayton

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Seven Poison Ivy Identifiers

Seven Poison Ivy Identifiers

If butterflies land there,
Don't put your hand there.


Leaves of three,
Let it be.


Hairy vine,
No friend of mine.
Raggy rope,
Don't be a dope.


Berries white,
Danger in sight.
Berries white,
Run in fright.


Longer middle stem,
Stay away from them.


Red leaflets in the spring,
It's a dangerous thing.


Side leaflets like mittens,
Will itch like the dickens.


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Seven Great Descriptive Statements of God's Son Jesus

Heir of All Things

Through Whom God Created the Worlds

The Reflection of God's Glory

The Exact Representation of God's Being

He Sustains All Things

He Had Made Purification for Sins

He Sat Down at the Right Hand of the Majesty on High

Hebrews 1:2-3

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Seven Petitions of the Lord's Prayer

Our Father,
who art in heaven
+ HALLOWED BE +
thy name;

Thy kingdom
+ COME +;

Thy will
+ BE DONE +
on earth
as it is in heaven.

+ GIVE US +
this day
our daily bread

And
+ FORGIVE US +
our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;

And
+ LEAD US +
not into temptation,

But
+ DELIVER US +
from evil.

Catechism of the Catholic Church - 2803-2854

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Seven Last Words of Christ

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (from Heaven Help Us).  Click to view the clip art at Heaven Help Us

Eloi, eloi,
lema sabachthani?
(My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?)

Mark 15:34 (70 ce)


Father, forgive them;
for they do not know what they are doing.

Luke 23:34 (90 ce)


Truly I tell you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.

Luke 23:43


Father, into your hands
I commend my spirit.

Luke 23:46


Woman, here is your son,
Here is your mother.

John 19:26,27 (100 ce)


I am thirsty.

John 19:28


It is finished.

John 19:30


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Source for 'Sevens Of The Early Church' was Chapter 12, 'Faith and Teaching' of The Church of Our Fathers, by Roland H. Bainton, the Westminster Press, 1950.
Source for 'Sevens Of Saint Vincent's Hospital' were the observed themes of the stained glass windows of the chapel of St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Themes included the 'Seven Bodily Works of Mercy' and the 'Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy'.
Sources for 'Seven Liturgical Colors' were An Altar Guild Manual, by Edith Weir Perry, Moorhouse Publishing, 1989;
The Illustrated Bible and Church Handbook, edited by Stanley I. Stuber, Associated Press, 1966; and
In God's Presence, by Rev. Phillips S. Gilman, Morehouse-Gorham Co., 1953.
Sources for 'Seven Colors of Faith' were 'Colors of Faith' Sayings Bracelets and the 'Colors of Faith' Greeting Card by Holystuff - Designs by 'Jesus and G'.
Source for 'Seven Parts Of The Vested Chalice' was An Altar Guild Manual, by Edith Weir Perry, Moorhouse Publishing, 1989.
Source for the 'Seven Gifts Or Doves Of The Holy Spirt' was Symbols Signposts of Devotion, by Ratha Doyle McGee, The Upper Room, 1956.
Source for the 'Seven Heavens' was the '7 Heavens' page by ArchAn Publishing and the '7 Heavens' page by Steliart.
Source for the 'Seven Attributes of God' was the Messianic Torah Truth Seeker.
Sources for the menorah as the Tree of Life were the Messianic Torah Truth Seeker and the AISH.
Source for the 'Seven Human Knowledge Realms' was the AISH.
Source for 'Seven Branches of Learning', 'Seven Original American Astronauts', and the 'Seven Dwarfs' was The Book of Answers, by Barbara Berliner, Simon & Schuster, 1990.
Source for the 'Seven Ancient Lights Or Heavenly Bodies','Seven Points of Direction', and 'Seven Musical Notes' was A Dictionary of Symbols, by J. E. Cirlot, Philosophical Library, 1962.
Sources for 'Magical Metals' were Signs and Symbols Sourcebook, by Adele Nozedar, Sterling Publishing, 2010; and 'The Healing Power Of Metals' website of Peter Morrell.
The 'Seven Days Of Creation' is a paraphrasing of Genesis 1:all and 2:1-4, of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
Source for the 'Seven Days of the Week' was Lawrence A. Crowl.
Source for 'Seven Seas' is the Oxford Dictionaries - Seven Seas.
Source for 'Seven Continents' is Wikipedia - Continent.
Source for 'Seven Last Words Of Christ' was The Illustrated Bible and Church Handbook, edited by Stanley I. Stuber, Associated Press, 1966.
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