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Martyr Stephen the New of Mt Auxentios | Confessor of Icons

On Nov 28, the memory of the Holy Confessor and Martyr Stephen “the New” of Mount Auxentios. Born after numerous prayers for a child from his pious parents, John and Anna, St Stephen was born in Constantinople in 715 and … 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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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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Saints who destroyed religious images

Previous posts called What Makes an Icon Holy? and How not to be an accidental Iconoclast have, hopefully, explained why Icons are given such an exalted place within Orthodoxy. In short, icons are holy when they represent holy things: Christ … Continue reading

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Miracle of the Bleeding Image of Theodore Stratelates

The Holy Great-Martyr Theodore Stratelates (“the General”) is remembered on February 8th, the day of his martyrdom in 319 A.D. The transfer of the St Theodore’s relics is remembered on June 8. On this day is also remembered a miracle … 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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Lazarus of Constantinople | The First Iconographer Saint

On November 17th, the life of St Lazarus of Constantinople is commemorated. Born c. 810 in Armenia, he is also known as Lazarus Zographos (Ζωγράφος), or the Painter. St Lazarus, therefore, is the earliest Saint to be glorified specifically as … Continue reading

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