Category Archives: Didactic Icons

Icons for Lent 2013

The beginning of the Lenten period (but not the fast itself) is already upon us in the Orthodox church, with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee just past, and the Sunday of the Prodigal Son coming up. From … Continue reading

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John the Apostle | The Theologian in Silence

The 8th of May is a feast day dedicated to the Apostle John, the Evangelist and Theologian. Among all the Apostles, the title “Theologian” is only bestowed upon St John, which attests to the spiritual heights to which he attained, … Continue reading

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Saint George and the Dragon in Iconography

The wealth of images depicted in holy icons is overwhelming, yet one thing appears to unite them all. Despite not usually being painted in a naturalistic way, they are always concerned in depicting reality. In icons of the life of … Continue reading

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The Crucified Monk | Icon of the Monastic Life

Around the entrance of refectories in Orthodox monasteries, there can sometimes be seen a shocking image of a monk being crucified. The unnamed monk silently reposes on the cross, whilst around him he is assailed by terrifying demons and skeletal … Continue reading

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An Icon of an Icon of Repentance | The Prodigal Son

The third Sunday before the start of Great Lent is dedicated to the Parable of the Prodigal Son. This parable is celebrated in the pre-fasting period because it is considered in Orthodoxy as a perfect reflection, or icon, of the … Continue reading

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Icon of the Publican and the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time … Continue reading

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The December 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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