Category Archives: Icons of Christ

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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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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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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What’s on the other side of the Vladimir Icon?

The Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is one of the most famous and beloved icons in Orthodoxy and particularly within Russia. It is so well-known, that I haven’t even bothered to write anything about it on this blog, … Continue reading

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Icons of the Great Feasts | New Page

A new page has been added which brings together posts on this blog which relate to icons of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church (see link below), as well as Easter: the “Feast of Feasts”. The icon shown … Continue reading

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Ascension Icon | Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?

Forty days after Christ’s resurrection, He was taken up into the Heavens before the disciples, and so forty days after Easter, is the Feast of the Ascension. The icon for this feast shows the events as described in the Book … Continue reading

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Boundless Christ | Resurrection Icon with Extra Scenes

In the tomb with the body, in hell with the soul as God, in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, You fill all things, O boundless Christ. The prayer above, said by … Continue reading

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An Icon for Holy Thursday

On the Thursday before Easter, called Holy or Maundy Thursday, four events are remembered: the Last Supper, the Foot-Washing of the Apostles by Jesus, the prayer of Christ in Gethsemane, and the Arrest of Jesus. Each of these events can … Continue reading

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800 year-old Frescoes returned to Cyprus

(from the Cyprus Mail) Byzantine frescoes, dating back to the 13th Century, which had been stolen from northern Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974, were unveiled this week (Mar 27) at the Archbishop Makarios III museum in Nicosia. The … Continue reading

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