Category Archives: Apologia

From Vespers on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

ā€œInspired by your Spirit, Lord, the prophets foretold your birth as a child incarnate of the Virgin. Nothing can contain or hold you; before the morning star you shone forth eternally from the spiritual womb of the Father. Yet you … Continue reading

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The Triumph of Orthodoxy and Holy Icons

An icon celebrating the veneration of icons, the Triumph of Orthodoxy is the festal icon for the first Sunday of Great Lent. As Lent is a period of communal fasting which continues for seven weeks, such triumphalism early on is … Continue reading

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Who’s Who in the Trinity Icon?

When contemplating Rublev’s Icon of the Holy Trinity, it is almost inevitable that some will ask: Who’s Who? Though the Three Angels are similar in appearance, their clothing is distinctive, and so certain minds will naturally seek to read meaning … Continue reading

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Icon of the Holy Trinity

Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth are full of your glory! – Prophet Isaiah’s “Thrice-Holy” Hymn The Holy Trinity is at the centre of all the Church’s worship, and the Holy Scriptures, the Church Fathers, the Hymns … Continue reading

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Euthymius of Sardis: A Witness for Icons

The Church has always understood that there is no greater witness to the Faith than to lie down one’s life for the Truth. Therefore, in the tumultusĀ later centuries of the first millennium, when self-confessed Christians fought self-confessed Christians, it is … Continue reading

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St. John of San Francisco on Iconography

Iconography began on the day our Lord Jesus Christ pressed a cloth to His face and imprinted His divine-human image thereon. According to tradition, Luke the Evangelist painted the image of the Mother of God; and, also according to tradition, … Continue reading

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Why are vigil lamps lit before icons?

Here is St. Nikolai of Ohrid’s answer to the question: “Why are vigil lamps lit before icons?” Continue reading

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