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Lent 2018

Pascha is early this year and so Lent is rapidly approaching; this Sunday, the 28th of January, marks the Sunday of the Publican of the Pharisee which is just two weeks before the beginning of the Great Fast. As I … Continue reading

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Icons for Holy Tuesday | Parable of the Ten Virgins

On Holy Monday Christ’s teaching on the importance of genuine fruitfulness was emphasized. On Holy Tuesday, we are reminded of the importance of remaining watchful. This is illustrated in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt 25:1-13).

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Icons for Holy Monday | Christ Cursing the Fig Tree

Palm Sunday heralds the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week: the final ascent towards Easter and the celebration of Christ’s glorious resurrection. After Sunday, the first three days of Holy Week remind us – through the liturgical … 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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Lenten Icons

For Lent, the period of fasting and preparation before Easter, I have collected together the articles I have written so far on icons related to this period. Icons for Lent 2012 is now a link at the top of this … Continue reading

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The Crucified Monk | Icon of the Monastic Life

Around the entrance of refectories in Orthodox monasteries, there can sometimes be seen a shocking image of a monk being crucified. The unnamed monk silently reposes on the cross, whilst around him he is assailed by terrifying demons and skeletal … Continue reading

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An Icon of an Icon of Repentance | The Prodigal Son

The third Sunday before the start of Great Lent is dedicated to the Parable of the Prodigal Son. This parable is celebrated in the pre-fasting period because it is considered in Orthodoxy as a perfect reflection, or icon, of the … Continue reading

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Icon of the Publican and the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time … Continue reading

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The Vita Icon of St Mary of Egypt

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent commemorates the life of St Mary of Egypt, a well-known ascetic Saint who lived in the late 5th/early 6th century. Below is a brief biography of the Saint, with scenes from her “Vita Icon”. … Continue reading

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent Icon

Jesus Christ’s teaching is overwhelming in its simplicity. Rather than give us burdens, He tells us to take up only one thing: our cross. Instead of demanding many sacrifices, He desires from us only one thing: our lives. “For whoever … Continue reading

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