Monthly Archives: March 2012

Saturday of the Akathist in Icons and Hymns

The Fifth Saturday of Lent is called The Saturday of the Akathist – the Akathist being a hymn of praise dedicated to the Mother of God. The Akathist Hymn in Icons and Akathist Hymn | Prophecies and Praises, explain in … Continue reading

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800 year-old Frescoes returned to Cyprus

(from the Cyprus Mail) Byzantine frescoes, dating back to the 13th Century, which had been stolen from northern Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974, were unveiled this week (Mar 27) at the Archbishop Makarios III museum in Nicosia. The … Continue reading

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Oldest Surviving Icon of the Annunciation

The oldest surviving icon of the Annunciation is found in the Catacomb of Priscilla on the Via Salaria in Rome, Italy, and dates from the second half of the second century A.D. Priscilla is thought to have been a well-to-do … Continue reading

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The Inscriptions of the Orthodox Cross (Slavonic)

The Third Sunday, and mid-point, of Lent celebrates the Holy Cross. In Orthodoxy the cross has always been a symbol of great victory and power, as it was through the Christ’s voluntary sacrifice on the cross that death was overcome … Continue reading

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The March Menaion Icon

The word Menaion (Gr: Μηναίον; Slavonic: Минея) comes from the Greek word meaning “of the month”. It is used to describe a way of grouping together liturgical texts, prayers and stories based on the order of Saints’ days and other … Continue reading

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