Category Archives: History

White Angel of Serbia | The herald sent into outer-space

On March 26, the day after the Feast of the Ascension, the Archangel Gabriel is commemorated. One of the most famous images of the Archangel Gabriel is the White Angel (Serbian: Бели анђео or beli anđeo), which is part of … Continue reading

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The Clouded Mount Icon of the Mother of God

The Uncut Icon of the Mother of God, also called the “Clouded Mount” (Ru: Tuchnaya Gora – Тучная Гора) is particularly associated with the Annunciation (March 25), as this icon was revealed as miracle-working on the eve of the feast. … Continue reading

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Presentation of Christ | Temple and Church

The LORD said to Moses, “Consecrate to me all the first-born; whatever is the first to open the womb among the people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine.” (Book of Exodus, Chapter 15) According to the … Continue reading

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Ten Miracle-Working Icons of Saint Nicholas

“There is no icon like Nicholas.” -Russian proverb Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker (feastday: Dec 6/19) is one of the most beloved Saints of the Church. He is loved by so many because God has revealed St. Nicholas to be an … Continue reading

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Lost for a century | Christ the Bread of Life Icon returns home

On Tuesday September 25, a miracle-working icon was returned to its original home in Sumy, Ukraine after having been lost for over a century. The Icon of Christ the Saviour “Bread of Life” (in Ukrainian: Христа Спасителя «Хліб Життя»), had … Continue reading

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Archangel Michael at Chonae | Icon of a Miracle

The Orthodox Church not only celebrates special events during the Incarnation of Christ (Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension etc.), but also miraculous events that happened after the time described in the New Testament. This demonstrates that the time of miracles has … Continue reading

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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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