Monthly Archives: August 2010

Icon of the Saviour Returns to Kremlin Tower

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill defied driving driving rains on Saturday 28th of August to bless the icon of Jesus Christ, recently restored over the main gate of the Moscow Kremlin. Continue reading

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Icons of John the Baptist, John the Forerunner

August 29 is the day which commemorates the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John. We know John as a prophet – the greatest and last prophet of the “Old Testamanet”, who specifically announced the coming of the Messiah, Who was Jesus. We also know how he preached in the wilderness, baptized Jesus Christ, and finally was beheaded on the orders of Herod for censuring the King. Continue reading

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The Kiev Caves Icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos

The Mother of God herself entrusted the Icon of the Dormition to four Byzantine architects, who in 1073 brought the icon to Sts. Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves. Continue reading

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Earliest Icons of Peter and Paul

These Icons lend greater credence to the belief that the Icons we have of the Holy Apostles are indeed based upon their actual earthly appearance, as well as being stylized, symbolic representations. Continue reading

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How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons

This guide is just a brief description of how the Holy Apostles are depicted in Icons, so that they can be more easily recognized when encountered in churches, monasteries, or wherever else an icon found. Continue reading

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The Dormition | Icon of Hope

Just as we look to Mary’s life for an example, we look to her bodily death – in this Icon – for hope as to where such an example leads us. The hope is in the bodily Resurrection and the life of the age to come. Both are shown in the Icon: the bodily assumption of Mary into Heaven, as well as the commendation of her soul into the hands of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Prayer Before the Icon of Christ

We venerate Thy most pure icon, gracious Lord And ask forgiveness for our transgressions, O Christ our God. Of Thy good will Thou was pleased to ascend the cross in the flesh, And deliver from slavery to the enemy those … Continue reading

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The Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God

That Icons draw us into the heavenly realm is miraculous enough; yet because of the faithlessness of people throughout history, God has continued to work miracles through material objects, including Holy Images. This is just one story about one miracle, performed through one single Icon: the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God. Continue reading

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St. John of San Francisco on Iconography

Iconography began on the day our Lord Jesus Christ pressed a cloth to His face and imprinted His divine-human image thereon. According to tradition, Luke the Evangelist painted the image of the Mother of God; and, also according to tradition, … Continue reading

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