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The Astonishment of Sisoes | Contemplating Death

After the fall of Constantinople in 1452, there appeared among the newly subjugated Greeks an image of a 4th century ascetic Saint, lamenting over the tomb of an even more ancient, pagan, Emperor: Alexander the Great. This Icon, the Astonishment … Continue reading

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Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring

On Bright Friday, the first Friday after Easter, the Life-Giving Spring is celebrated. The Life-Giving Spring is all at once a title given to the Mother of God, an actual miracle-working spring near Constantinople, and an Icon of the same … Continue reading

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