Category Archives: Didactic Icons

The Ladder of Divine Ascent Icon

Jesus Christ’s teaching is overwhelming in its simplicity. Rather than give us burdens, He tells us to take up only one thing: our cross. Instead of demanding many sacrifices, He desires from us only one thing: our lives. “For whoever … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Sunday in Icon and Prayer

A composition of Icons and portions of Saturday vespers and the Sunday hymns on the theme of Forgiveness Sunday: The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

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Paradise | Expulsion | Mourning

Forgiveness Sunday is the last day before the Great Fast of Lent, and the day which commemorates Adam and Eve’s expulsion from paradise. For this day, I offer a picture of the northern altar door from a late medieval Russian … Continue reading

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The Charitable Fornicator

In Russian Icons of the Last Judgment dating from the 16th centuries onward, there appears at the bottom a naked man bound to a great pillar. Neither in Gehenna nor in Paradise, this man is known as the “Charitable Fornicator” … Continue reading

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The Last Judgment | Spur to Repentance

And He is coming again with glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom will have no end. I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come. Amen – The Symbol … Continue reading

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Theotokos Icon of Unexpected Joy

In the writings of St. Dimitri of Rostov there is an instructive narrative about a certain sinner who unexpectedly experienced the joy of repentance before an icon of the Mother of God. This event became so beloved of the Russian … Continue reading

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