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This article examines how Christians in a faith partnership between Malawi and Scotland sought and defined God’s protection as they responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Malawi and Scotland have different cultures, societies and economic prosperity but a shared Presbyterian history, and long-standing faith partnerships through the two national churches. Qualitative interviews articulate striking comparisons of expectations of God’s protection when confronting global disease. This research shows how the dynamics of this partnership allowed both member churches to contribute to each other’s needs and hold a critical solidarity in each other’s interpretation of God’s protection.

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This paper aims to explore the unique structure and function of the emblems in Henricus Engelgrave’s (1610–70) sermon books (Lux evangelica, Caeleste pantheon, and Caelum empyreum). The emblems serve as introductions to sermons for Sundays and feast days of the liturgical year; they include two mottos: one biblical quotation and a quotation from classical Roman poetry. Based on a selection of exemplary emblems, this paper demonstrates that the second mottos are not merely decorative additions, as has sometimes been argued. Rather, they constitute key features in Engelgrave’s emblematic conception as they provide allegorical and pictorial imageries that affect the picturae of the emblems, the expression of the moral purpose of the sermons, and the relationship between both. This article is part of the special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies on Jesuit emblems and emblematic edited by Walter S. Melion.

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This article contextualizes the emblematic decoration of the main staircase at the Jesuit College in Győr, northwestern Hungary. Painted in 1697, this fresco cycle visualizes the prayer of Salve Regina. The staircase emblems were designed as a visual aid to the Jesuits who wished to meditate on the significance of the Virgin Mary. Earlier scholarship has connected the decorative scheme to Jesuit emblem literature in general. In this article, I argue that the visual source of the program can be identified as the Salve Regina print series by Anton Wierix (1598). The emblems and their program, key examples of applied emblematics, demonstrate how and to what degree Jesuit meditative praxis underlay the decoration of Győr college. Focusing on the practical function of the decorative program also expands our knowledge of early modern practices of emblematic meditation in religious communities. This article is part of the special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies on Jesuit emblems and emblematic edited by Walter S. Melion.

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In: Journal of Jesuit Studies