I was in Buckman on Sunday for Aunt Jeanette's 85th birthday party and took the opportunity (Hey, I was EARLY!) to get better photos of the painting of St Michael the Archangel.
If you click the link, you'll read what our tentative conclusions were last spring. Now, of course, we have new and more info, thanks to further research from Larry as well as these new angel pics.
Oops--wait, that's the grandkids on Christmas. It's ok, they qualify as my angels.
(And yes, they think I'm a hoot).
OK, the new photos are closer-ups of parts of the 4X9 foot painting--especially the figures in the "sky" above Michael. We thought (when we couldn't see them well) that they were St Ann and her daughter BVMary.
Now, however, we can see that they're Moses, with tablets, and Jesus. THAT didn't make any sense to me either, but Larry knew the biblical basis of those figures. Honest, the man's a marvel!
He said it's "the Archangel Michael contending for the body of Moses", since Moses is one of two humans in the old testament who were supposedly taken into heaven without dying (The other was Elijah, he said). Larry said there's an old Jewish writing about Satan being pissed that Moses had it so easy, so he fought Michael for the right to it. Wow.
Anyway, the whole painting works better now, EXCEPT for the majorly odd stuff.