Tag Archives: Old Testament

All Saints Icon | The Great Cloud of Witnesses

After Pentecost, remembering the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints. This is fitting, as the Saints are the result of the Holy Spirit being given to the Apostles, the fruits of that “grain … Continue reading

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Who’s in the Transfiguration Icon?

“There were eight on the mountain, but only six were visible.” – St Gregory Palamas, Homily on the Transfiguration Following on from a previous post on the Icon of the Transfiguration, there is more to discover in the icon by … 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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Hades is bound; the Prophets rejoice!

No longer will the dominion of death be able to keep men captive For Christ descended, demolishing and destroying the powers thereof. Hades is bound; the Prophets rejoice with one voice, saying: A Saviour has come for them that have … Continue reading

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The Icons of the Iconostasis

An earlier post has already discussed the symbolism of the iconostasis, or icon screen, within Orthodox churches. The conclusion there was that iconostasis represents the division of Heaven and Earth, and how the barriers between the two have been broken. … Continue reading

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Akathist Hymn in Icons | Prophecies and Praises

In my last post about the Akathist Hymn in Icons, I mentioned the Old Testament Saints who surround the Mother of God, offering her praises. It is Old Testament Saints who surround the Mother of God, rather than St Roman … Continue reading

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The Akathist Hymn in Icons

The Akathist to the Mother of God is a hymn of praise most probably written by Roman the Melodist in the 6th century. This joyous hymn entered the Orthodox consciousness 100 years later, in 626, when a massive besieging army … Continue reading

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