Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Riza in Iconography | Protecting and Venerating

A riza (Ru: риза) is a metal covering for the surface of an icon, usually made from a precious metal. The English word “revetment” is sometimes used, though riza is the most common word used in iconography: even being used … Continue reading

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The Life of St John the Baptist in Iconography

For the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist (Aug 29), I have posted a vita icon, which shows not only John the Forerunner and Baptist, but many of the other feasts and traditions associated with him. An explanation … Continue reading

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A Modern Saint destroys the idol

A previous post on Saints who destroyed religious images (or idols), gives a considerable list of Saints who in their lives courageously and physically confronted the practice of worshiping idols. Most of the examples come from the First Millennium A.D., … Continue reading

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Are the Saints who destroyed idols Iconoclasts?

In the 8th-century A.D., the veneration of images of Christ and His Saints was restored by the Byzantine Emperor, after being previously outlawed. This Triumph of Orthodoxy not only defended the veneration of icons as “permissible”, but actively confessed the … Continue reading

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Saints who destroyed religious images

Previous posts called What Makes an Icon Holy? and How not to be an accidental Iconoclast have, hopefully, explained why Icons are given such an exalted place within Orthodoxy. In short, icons are holy when they represent holy things: Christ … Continue reading

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Who’s in the Transfiguration Icon?

“There were eight on the mountain, but only six were visible.” – St Gregory Palamas, Homily on the Transfiguration Following on from a previous post on the Icon of the Transfiguration, there is more to discover in the icon by … Continue reading

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The August 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 feast … Continue reading

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