Tag Archives: Nativity

Tree of the Virgin | Russia’s Best Loved Icons of Mary

The day after a major feast is often dedicated to a person who plays a central role in the preceding day’s narrative. For example, the day after the Theophany, Christ’s baptism, is dedicated to John the Baptist; whilst the day … Continue reading

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Root of Jesse Icon | Christ’s Family Tree

Approaching the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, Christian’s remember those who preceded Him in the flesh. The holy forefathers of Christ, and all those who in other ways prepared for His coming, are brought together in the Root of Jesse … Continue reading

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Russian Nativity Icon – the fuller story

As the “old calendar” feast of the Nativity is upon us (January 7), here is an Icon of the Nativity (Рождество Христово) from the city of Nizhny Novgorod, and dating from the second half of the 17th century. The icon tells a fuller … Continue reading

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Baptism of Christ | The Theophany Icon

From the first century of the Christian Church, there has always been “The Festival of Lights”. In the depth of Midwinter, this feast celebrated the advent of the Son of God’s coming into the world as Jesus Christ, and His … Continue reading

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The Womb and the Tomb

No description of the Nativity Icon would be complete without mention of Jesus’ appearance in the manger. It should be never forgotten that Jesus came to us in order to die – this was known by Him, at least, from … Continue reading

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The Nativity Icon

The most wise Lord comes to be born, Receiving hospitality from His own creatures. Let us also receive Him, That this divine Child in the cave may make us His guests In the paradise of delights! The Birth of Christ … Continue reading

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