Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Astonishment of Sisoes | Contemplating Death

After the fall of Constantinople in 1452, there appeared among the newly subjugated Greeks an image of a 4th century ascetic Saint, lamenting over the tomb of an even more ancient, pagan, Emperor: Alexander the Great. This Icon, the Astonishment … Continue reading

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The Beheading of John the Forerunner and Baptist

Sunday (September 11) is the commemoration of the Beheading of John the Forerunner in the churches which follow the old calendar. The icon above is late 19th century of Russian origin, carrying the inscription: Усекновение главы святого Иоанна Предтечи.

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The Nativity of the Theotokos Icon

Together, the Great Feasts serve to tell us the story of the Incarnation, which has its climax in the centre of the year with the celebration of the “Feast of Feasts” – Pascha. It is therefore fitting that the first … Continue reading

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