Category Archives: The Theotokos

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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Igor Icon of the Mother of God

The Martyr Igor was briefly the Grand-Prince of Kiev during the 12th century – a time of conflict within the principality. Breaking their oaths, the nobles of Kiev rose up against Prince Igor, imprisoned him in a windowless log-house, and … Continue reading

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Miracle-Working Softener of Evil Hearts Icon

The first Sunday after Pentecost celebrates, among other things, the Softener of Evil Hearts Icon (Умягчение злых сердец)of the Mother of God. It is undeniable that the image of Mary here is sentimental, painted in soft tones with her eyes … Continue reading

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Why do Icons of the Mother of God weep?

The following is one of Eugene Rose’s “lay sermons” entitled Weeping Icons of the Mother of God, delivered in November 1966. Eugene Rose was later tonsured as the monk, Fr Seraphim, a great modern-day ascetic and writer.

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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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How not to be an accidental Iconoclast

Following on from the post What makes an Icon Holy?, it is clear an image is holy when it truly depicts someone who is holy, rather than through any magical way it was produced. It also means that a completed … 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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Saturday of the Akathist in Icons and Hymns

The Fifth Saturday of Lent is called The Saturday of the Akathist – the Akathist being a hymn of praise dedicated to the Mother of God. The Akathist Hymn in Icons and Akathist Hymn | Prophecies and Praises, explain in … Continue reading

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Oldest Surviving Icon of the Annunciation

The oldest surviving icon of the Annunciation is found in the Catacomb of Priscilla on the Via Salaria in Rome, Italy, and dates from the second half of the second century A.D. Priscilla is thought to have been a well-to-do … Continue reading

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Softener of Evil Hearts Icon | An Icon for Our Enemies

“Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sin which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts … Continue reading

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