Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tiny 6th Century Icons Found in Jerusalem

Israel Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a 1,400-year-old Christian devotional aid (dubbed a “Prayer Box”) made of bone, with two paintings believed to portray the Virgin Mary and Jesus. The size of the box (a tiny 0.8 x 0.6in, … Continue reading

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Holy Trinity Icon of the Written Stone Monastery

The Written Stone Monastery (Manastirea Piatra Scrisa)was built on the site of an Icon of the Holy Trinity, painted onto the rocks of a cliff-side in rural Romania. Above the Icon is the Caransebes-Orsova railway, built in the 19th century, … Continue reading

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Touch Me Not | From West to East

The Icon “Touch Me Not” (in Greek: Μη μου άπτου, Mi mou áptou), shows the appearance of the Resurrected Christ to Mary Magdalene as described in the Gospel of John: “Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am … Continue reading

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The Lamb of God in Orthodoxy | A History in Icons

“ Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:11) The Lamb of God is the ancient name given to Jesus Christ, and recorded in … Continue reading

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Hades is bound; the Prophets rejoice!

No longer will the dominion of death be able to keep men captive For Christ descended, demolishing and destroying the powers thereof. Hades is bound; the Prophets rejoice with one voice, saying: A Saviour has come for them that have … Continue reading

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The Icons of the Iconostasis

An earlier post has already discussed the symbolism of the iconostasis, or icon screen, within Orthodox churches. The conclusion there was that iconostasis represents the division of Heaven and Earth, and how the barriers between the two have been broken. … Continue reading

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