What's the story behind your avatar? - Page 7

What's the story behind your avatar?

This is a discussion on What's the story behind your avatar? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by glockman10mm Leave it to the mods for no sense of humor:) Originally Posted by pgrass101 I did not find that humorous See, ...

Page 7 of 20 FirstFirst ... 3456789101117 ... LastLast
Results 91 to 105 of 292
Like Tree418Likes

Thread: What's the story behind your avatar?

  1. #91
    Senior Member Array highvoltage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    1,121
    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Leave it to the mods for no sense of humor:)
    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    I did not find that humorous
    See, you were right.


  2. #92
    Senior Member Array highvoltage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    1,121
    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    Basic Airborne wings are the same for all services unless that has changed in the last 6 years

    EDIT:Same as Divers badge

    EDIT again: Military Free Fall Badge
    Slight clarification:
    The EOD Badge is the only occupational badge awarded to all four services under the United States Department of Defense.

  3. #93
    Member Array vilecanards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    atlanta,ga
    Posts
    69
    Served in the Air Force from 1972-76. Two tours with the 16th SOS, AC-130 gunships, as an aerial gunner. Ubon RTAFB, Korat RTAFB, and Hurlburt Fld#9, FLA.
    blanco64, 64zebra and Exacto like this.

  4. #94
    OD*
    OD* is offline
    Moderator
    Array OD*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Coopersville
    Posts
    11,799

    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    What's the backstory?
    St. Michael is one of the principal angels; his name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. Four times his name is recorded in Scripture:

    (1) Daniel 10:13 sqq., Gabriel says to Daniel, when he asks God to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem: "The Angel [D.V. prince] of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me . . . and, behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me . . . and none is my helper in all these things, but Michael your prince."

    (2) Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: "At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people."

    (3) In the Catholic Epistle of St. Jude: "When Michael the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses", etc. St. Jude alludes to an ancient Jewish tradition of a dispute between Michael and Satan over the body of Moses, an account of which is also found in the apocryphal book on the assumption of Moses (Origen, De Principiis III.2.2). St. Michael concealed the tomb of Moses; Satan, however, by disclosing it, tried to seduce the Jewish people to the sin of hero-worship. St. Michael also guards the body of Eve, according to the "Revelation of Moses" ("Apocryphal Gospels", etc., ed. A. Walker, Edinburgh, p. 647).

    (4) Apocalypse 12:7, "And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon." St. John speaks of the great conflict at the end of time, which reflects also the battle in heaven at the beginning of time. According to the Fathers there is often question of St. Michael in Scripture where his name is not mentioned. They say he was the cherub who stood at the gate of paradise, "to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24), the angel through whom God published the Decalogue to his chosen people, the angel who stood in the way against Balaam (Numbers 22:22 sqq.), the angel who routed the army of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:35).

    Following these Scriptural passages, Christian tradition gives to St. Michael four offices:
    •To fight against Satan.
    •To rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death.
    •To be the champion of God's people, the Jews in the Old Law, the Christians in the New testament; therefore he was the patron of the Church, and of the orders of knights during the Middle Ages.
    •To call away from earth and bring men's souls to judgment ("signifer S. Michael repraesentet eas in lucam sanctam", Offert. Miss Defunct. "Constituit eum principem super animas suscipiendas", Antiph. off. Cf. The Shepherd of Hermas, Book III, Similitude 8, Chapter 3).
    Regarding his rank in the celestial hierarchy opinions vary; St. Basil (Hom. de angelis) and other Greek Fathers, also Salmeron, Bellarmine, etc., place St. Michael over all the angels; they say he is called "archangel" because he is the prince of the other angels; others (cf. P. Bonaventura, op. cit.) believe that he is the prince of the seraphim, the first of the nine angelic orders. But, according to St. Thomas (Summa Ia.113.3) he is the prince of the last and lowest choir, the angels. The Roman Liturgy seems to follow the Greek Fathers; it calls him "Princeps militiae coelestis quem honorificant angelorum cives". The hymn of the Mozarabic Breviary places St. Michael even above the Twenty-four Elders. The Greek Liturgy styles him Archistrategos, "highest general" (cf. Menaea, 8 Nov. and 6 Sept.).
    Veneration

    It would have been natural to St. Michael, the champion of the Jewish people, to be the champion also of Christians, giving victory in war to his clients. The early Christians, however, regarded some of the martyrs as their military patrons: St. George, St. Theodore, St. Demetrius, St. Sergius, St. Procopius, St. Mercurius, etc.; but to St. Michael they gave the care of their sick. At the place where he was first venerated, in Phrygia, his prestige as angelic healer obscured his interposition in military affairs. It was from early times the centre of the true cult of the holy angels, particularly of St. Michael. Tradition relates that St. Michael in the earliest ages caused a medicinal spring to spout at Chairotopa near Colossae, where all the sick who bathed there, invoking the Blessed Trinity and St. Michael, were cured.

    Still more famous are the springs which St. Michael is said to have drawn from the rock at Colossae (Chonae, the present Khonas, on the Lycus). The pagans directed a stream against the sanctuary of St. Michael to destroy it, but the archangel split the rock by lightning to give a new bed to the stream, and sanctified forever the waters which came from the gorge. The Greeks claim that this apparition took place about the middle of the first century and celebrate a feast in commemoration of it on 6 September (Analecta Bolland., VIII, 285-328). Also at Pythia in Bithynia and elsewhere in Asia the hot springs were dedicated to St. Michael.

    At Constantinople likewise, St. Michael was the great heavenly physician. His principal sanctuary, the Michaelion, was at Sosthenion, some fifty miles south of Constantinople; there the archangel is said to have appeared to the Emperor Constantine. The sick slept in this church at night to wait for a manifestation of St. Michael; his feast was kept there 9 June. Another famous church was within the walls of the city, at the thermal baths of the Emperor Arcadius; there the synaxis of the archangel was celebrated 8 November. This feast spread over the entire Greek Church, and the Syrian, Armenian, and Coptic Churches adopted it also; it is now the principal feast of St. Michael in the Orient. It may have originated in Phrygia, but its station at Constantinople was the Thermae of Arcadius (Martinow, "Annus Graeco-slavicus", 8 Nov.). Other feasts of St. Michael at Constantinople were: 27 October, in the "Promotu" church; 18 June, in the Church of St. Julian at the Forum; and 10 December, at Athaea.

    The Christians of Egypt placed their life-giving river, the Nile, under the protection of St. Michael; they adopted the Greek feast and kept it 12 November; on the twelfth of every month they celebrate a special commemoration of the archangel, but 12 June, when the river commences to rise, they keep as a holiday of obligation the feast of St. Michael "for the rising of the Nile", euche eis ten symmetron anabasin ton potamion hydaton.

    At Rome the Leonine Sacramentary (sixth century) has the "Natale Basilicae Angeli via Salaria", 30 September; of the five Masses for the feast three mention St. Michael. The Gelasian Sacramentary (seventh century) gives the feast "S. Michaelis Archangeli", and the Gregorian Sacramentary (eighth century), "Dedicatio Basilionis S. Angeli Michaelis", 29 Sept. A manuscript also here adds "via Salaria" (Ebner, "Miss. Rom. Iter Italicum", 127). This church of the Via Salaria was six miles to the north of the city; in the ninth century it was called Basilica Archangeli in Septimo (Armellini, "Chiese di Roma", p. 85). It disappeared a thousand years ago. At Rome also the part of heavenly physician was given to St. Michael. According to an (apocryphal?) legend of the tenth century he appeared over the Moles Hadriani (Castel di S. Angelo), in 950, during the procession which St. Gregory held against the pestilence, putting an end to the plague. Boniface IV (608-15) built on the Moles Hadriani in honour of him, a church, which was styled St. Michaelis inter nubes (in summitate circi).

    Well known is the apparition of St. Michael (a. 494 or 530-40), as related in the Roman Breviary, 8 May, at his renowned sanctuary on Monte Gargano, where his original glory as patron in war was restored to him. To his intercession the Lombards of Sipontum (Manfredonia) attributed their victory over the Greek Neapolitans, 8 May, 663. In commemoration of this victory the church of Sipontum instituted a special feast in honour of the archangel, on 8 May, which has spread over the entire Latin Church and is now called (since the time of Pius V) "Apparitio S. Michaelis", although it originally did not commemorate the apparition, but the victory.

    In Normandy St. Michael is the patron of mariners in his famous sanctuary at Mont-Saint-Michel in the Diocese of Coutances. He is said to have appeared there, in 708, to St. Aubert, Bishop of Avranches. In Normandy his feast "S. Michaelis in periculo maris" or "in Monte Tumba" was universally celebrated on 18 Oct., the anniversary of the dedication of the first church, 16 Oct., 710; the feast is now confined to the Diocese of Coutances. In Germany, after its evangelization, St. Michael replaced for the Christians the pagan god Wotan, to whom many mountains were sacred, hence the numerous mountain chapels of St. Michael all over Germany.

    The hymns of the Roman Office are said to have been composed by St. Rabanus Maurus of Fulda (d. 856). In art St. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield (often the shield bears the Latin inscription: Quis ut Deus), standing over the dragon, whom he sometimes pierces with a lance. He also holds a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the departed (cf. Rock, "The Church of Our Fathers", III, 160), or the book of life, to show that he takes part in the judgment. His feast (29 September) in the Middle Ages was celebrated as a holy day of obligation, but along with several other feasts it was gradually abolished since the eighteenth century (see FEASTS). Michaelmas Day, in England and other countries, is one of the regular quarter-days for settling rents and accounts; but it is no longer remarkable for the hospitality with which it was formerly celebrated. Stubble-geese being esteemed in perfection about this time, most families had one dressed on Michaelmas Day. In some parishes (Isle of Skye) they had a procession on this day and baked a cake, called St. Michael's bannock.

    (Catholic Encyclopedia)
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Terrorists: They hated you yesterday, they hate you today, and they will hate you tomorrow. End the cycle of hatred, don’t give them a tomorrow."

  5. #95
    Senior Member Array Caertaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    SE Michigan
    Posts
    1,118
    I'm a capitalist pig... and darn proud of it, hence the big grin.
    "I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations” – James Madison 1788

  6. #96
    VIP Member Array glockman10mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    9,504
    OD*...all I can say is wow! Alot of info I didn't know, and a little I did, but great stuff!

    I too have always been intrigued by the Templar Knights and their mission. I believe there still exists something like it... or at least I have to believe that.
    Rock and Glock likes this.
    Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.

  7. #97
    Senior Member Array revldm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    512
    Chose mine off this web site after I became interested in the 1911 platform.

  8. #98
    VIP Member
    Array RoadRunner71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    6,472
    Really? You have to ask?

    Beep! Beep!
    If you have never broken your gun or bled on your gun in training, you're doing it wrong!
    Train hard, live easy.

  9. #99
    VIP Member Array suntzu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    TX/NH
    Posts
    6,005
    Quote Originally Posted by highvoltage View Post
    Slight clarification:
    LOL...I was just messing with him....and as far as rarity of badges.....MFF is most likely rarer than EOD But then this thread is not about who has the "bigger" badge LOL.
    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

    Isaiah 6:8

  10. #100
    OD*
    OD* is offline
    Moderator
    Array OD*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Coopersville
    Posts
    11,799
    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    OD*...all I can say is wow! Alot of info I didn't know, and a little I did, but great stuff!

    I too have always been intrigued by the Templar Knights and their mission. I believe there still exists something like it... or at least I have to believe that.
    I have heard that myself, Gman.

    I don't know if you are aware of it, but several years ago a document called the "Chinon Parchment" was found in the Vatican library (it had not been seen for almost 700 years), in which Pope Clement V absolved the "Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon" of charges of heresy, which was King Philip's indictment against them. The false charges led to their nearly complete elimination.
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Terrorists: They hated you yesterday, they hate you today, and they will hate you tomorrow. End the cycle of hatred, don’t give them a tomorrow."

  11. #101
    New Member Array FivePoint2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    VaBch VA
    Posts
    10
    Just a visual using part of my street address

  12. #102
    Member Array CrowJS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Mathiston MS
    Posts
    135
    I used to train in Wado-ryu karate. Karasu is the closest Japanese translation of my name I can find, so I looked up a picture.

  13. #103
    Member Array IronMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Eastern NC
    Posts
    280
    My avatar is a pic of my everyday carry gun, a Ruger .454 Alaskan
    in front of it is a 9 mm cartridge and a .454 cartridge.
    It is pardonable to be defeated but never surprised.
    2 Ruger alaskan .454s
    Ruger P95
    Rem 870
    Barrett .50BMG

  14. #104
    Member Array blanco64's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Northern KY
    Posts
    431
    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    It is also a fairly rare badge since when I went through the school only about 1 in 3 who started was able to finish the course.
    That makes it sound like 2 out of 3 had a REALLY bad experience with EOD school
    Farmerjohn likes this.

  15. #105
    Member Array usmcj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    475
    Quote Originally Posted by blanco64 View Post
    That makes it sound like 2 out of 3 had a REALLY bad experience with EOD school

    ...an experience like this ? Pretty sure it's photoshopped, but still...

    NRA Life Member ... Marine Corps League Life Member
    Freedom has a flavor the protected can never taste...
    USMC 8652, 2531, RVN Jun '67, - May 69

    Some of my toys....

Page 7 of 20 FirstFirst ... 3456789101117 ... LastLast

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

isaiah 6:8 bomb squad

,
quis ut deus templar
,
racists within navy eod
,
tell us the story behind your avatar---gun forum
,
the story behind avatar
,
uss chl 7.65
,
what will be the story behind avatar 3
Click on a term to search for related topics.