Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Charitable Fornicator

In Russian Icons of the Last Judgment dating from the 16th centuries onward, there appears at the bottom a naked man bound to a great pillar. Neither in Gehenna nor in Paradise, this man is known as the “Charitable Fornicator” … Continue reading

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The Last Judgment | Spur to Repentance

And He is coming again with glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom will have no end. I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come. Amen – The Symbol … Continue reading

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Who’s Who in the Trinity Icon?

When contemplating Rublev’s Icon of the Holy Trinity, it is almost inevitable that some will ask: Who’s Who? Though the Three Angels are similar in appearance, their clothing is distinctive, and so certain minds will naturally seek to read meaning … Continue reading

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Icon of the Holy Trinity

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of your glory! – Prophet Isaiah’s “Thrice-Holy” Hymn The Holy Trinity is at the centre of all the Church’s worship, and the Holy Scriptures, the Church Fathers, the Hymns … Continue reading

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Miraculous Icon of Tsar Nicholas in St. Petersburg

Believers have gathered today (Feb 17) at an Orthodox fair in the former imperial capital of Saint Petersburg to venerate a miracle-working icon of Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas II The Royal-Martyr was shot by the Bolsheviks after the 1917 revolution … Continue reading

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Theotokos of Kolzetshan Icon is Found

A wonderworking icon of the Mother of God stolen from Helsinki‚Äôs Uspenski Cathedral, the city’s biggest Orthodox church, in June of last year was recovered on Tuesday. The icon is associated with Saint John of Kronstadt. In the early 20th … Continue reading

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Andrei Rublev | Preaching in Paint

In the dark, violent, and brutish years of medieval Russia, there lived shining examples of God’s grace, who shone all the brighter in contrast with the surrounding shadows. Among these elders, monastics and ascetics lived one man who preached the … Continue reading

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Russian Medieval Descent into Hell Icon

This Icon of the Resurrection comes from the Moscow school of Russia in the 14th century. This time and place saw a flourishing of hesychasm – the Orthodox tradition of silence, prayer, and asceticism arising from the monks and nuns … Continue reading

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