Monthly Archives: August 2011

An Icon of the Head of John the Forerunner

The 29th of August commemorates the Beheading of John the Baptist and Forerunner of Christ. Above is an icon of The Head of St John the Forerunner (Глава Cв Иоанна Предтечи), a type of icon which flourished within the Russian Empire during … Continue reading

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Akathist Hymn in Icons | Prophecies and Praises

In my last post about the Akathist Hymn in Icons, I mentioned the Old Testament Saints who surround the Mother of God, offering her praises. It is Old Testament Saints who surround the Mother of God, rather than St Roman … Continue reading

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The Akathist Hymn in Icons

The Akathist to the Mother of God is a hymn of praise most probably written by Roman the Melodist in the 6th century. This joyous hymn entered the Orthodox consciousness 100 years later, in 626, when a massive besieging army … Continue reading

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Transfiguration Icon | The Event and the Process

The Transfiguration is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on the 6th of August. Described in the first three Gospels (Matt 17: 1-9; Mark 9: 2-8; Luke 9: 28-36), its commemoration has become uncommon in … Continue reading

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