Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tree of the Virgin | Russia’s Best Loved Icons of Mary

The day after a major feast is often dedicated to a person who plays a central role in the preceding day’s narrative. For example, the day after the Theophany, Christ’s baptism, is dedicated to John the Baptist; whilst the day … Continue reading

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Root of Jesse Icon | Christ’s Family Tree

Approaching the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, Christian’s remember those who preceded Him in the flesh. The holy forefathers of Christ, and all those who in other ways prepared for His coming, are brought together in the Root of Jesse … Continue reading

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Called to Orthodoxy by an Icon | A Convert’s Story

A conversion story taken from the “Journey to Orthodoxy” website, describing how a Calvanist was brought to Orthodoxy by an icon. An excerpt: After my first semester, I flew back to Hawaii for the winter break. While there, I was … Continue reading

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Conception of the Theotokos | An Icon for Childbearing

Icons of Ss Joachim and Anna embracing each other tenderly are decorously showing the Conception of the Theotokos, Mary – their only child. The scene is part of the greater narrative of Mary’s origins, described in the 2nd century writing … Continue reading

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Why Christ and the Theotokos are in Icons of St Nicholas

In many icons of Nicholas, the Saint is shown flanked by Jesus Christ and the Mother of God either in medallions or, especially later, resting upon clouds. This is recalling a miracle from St Nicholas’ life.

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Nicholas the Wonderworker | An Icon of a Bishop

“If anything happens to God, we have always got St Nicholas” -Russian proverb Throughout the Christian churches, it is difficult to think of a Saint as well-loved as St Nicholas the Wonder-Worker, honoured on Dec 6th and every Thursday of … Continue reading

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Prayer service opens Museum of Icons in Poland

On Tuesday evening (30 Nov) a new section of the Museum of the Warsaw Orthodox Metropolitanate dedicated to Holy Icons was inaugurated with a solemn molebien (a supplicatory prayer service). In attendance at the service were Metropolitan Sawa, primate of … Continue reading

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