Monthly Archives: June 2012

What’s on the other side of the Vladimir Icon?

The Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is one of the most famous and beloved icons in Orthodoxy and particularly within Russia. It is so well-known, that I haven’t even bothered to write anything about it on this blog, … Continue reading

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Igor Icon of the Mother of God

The Martyr Igor was briefly the Grand-Prince of Kiev during the 12th century – a time of conflict within the principality. Breaking their oaths, the nobles of Kiev rose up against Prince Igor, imprisoned him in a windowless log-house, and … Continue reading

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The Ninety-Three Mile Procession of St Nicholas’ Icon

An annual procession of a miraculous icon of St Nicholas the Wonder-worker has just finished, with around 35,000 pilgrims participating in the ninety-three mile round trip.

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Miracle-Working Softener of Evil Hearts Icon

The first Sunday after Pentecost celebrates, among other things, the Softener of Evil Hearts Icon (Умягчение злых сердец)of the Mother of God. It is undeniable that the image of Mary here is sentimental, painted in soft tones with her eyes … Continue reading

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Why do Icons of the Mother of God weep?

The following is one of Eugene Rose’s “lay sermons” entitled Weeping Icons of the Mother of God, delivered in November 1966. Eugene Rose was later tonsured as the monk, Fr Seraphim, a great modern-day ascetic and writer.

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Miracle of the Bleeding Image of Theodore Stratelates

The Holy Great-Martyr Theodore Stratelates (“the General”) is remembered on February 8th, the day of his martyrdom in 319 A.D. The transfer of the St Theodore’s relics is remembered on June 8. On this day is also remembered a miracle … Continue reading

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Icons of the Great Feasts | New Page

A new page has been added which brings together posts on this blog which relate to icons of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church (see link below), as well as Easter: the “Feast of Feasts”. The icon shown … Continue reading

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