Monthly Archives: September 2010

Icon of Christ the True Vine

The Icon of Christ the True Vine is an image of Scripture, specifically: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that … Continue reading

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The Tetramorph in Christian Art

Usually on Gospel Books, though sometimes in the architecture of church buildings, the appearance of such fantastical creatures might seem bewildering to those who are new to the Christian Faith. Yet these angel-winged creatures – collectively called the Tetramorph – are found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and their symbolism explains their presence on the binding of Gospel Books. Continue reading

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The Icon of Extreme Humility

To know what humility is we must look to Christ; to know how we gain humility we again look to Christ. Specifically we can look to the Icon of Christ called “the Bridegroom”. This Icon shows the crucified Jesus Christ, in the tomb, usually bearing the marks of His murder, and often shown bound and wearing a crown of thorns. This icon is also called “Extreme Humility”, with “extreme” meaning “pre-eminent” or “ultimate”. So what is “ultimate humility” according to this icon? Continue reading

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