Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Womb and the Tomb

No description of the Nativity Icon would be complete without mention of Jesus’ appearance in the manger. It should be never forgotten that Jesus came to us in order to die – this was known by Him, at least, from … Continue reading

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The Nativity Icon

The most wise Lord comes to be born, Receiving hospitality from His own creatures. Let us also receive Him, That this divine Child in the cave may make us His guests In the paradise of delights! The Birth of Christ … Continue reading

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Discovering the Unburnt Bush Icon

The traditions and teaching of the Christian Church often appear to change and evolve over time. Yet from within it can be seen that it is not that the teaching itself changes, but that each generation brings new ways to … Continue reading

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Christ’s Holy Forefathers – the Old Testament Saints

In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, the Church remembers the “Holy Forefathers” of Jesus Christ; in other words, the Old Testament Saints who preceded Christ in the flesh, prophesised His coming, or prefigured Him. In iconography, the Old Testament Saints … Continue reading

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The Theotokos “of the Sign” Icon

This is the icon most likely to confront any visitor to an Orthodox church or cathedral, as it is usually present in the upper part of the altar, the focal point of any church. It is also one of the … Continue reading

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