Tag Archives: Russian Icon

The Synaxis of the Mother of God

The day after every major feast in the Orthodox Church is usually dedicated to a saint who played a major “supporting role” in the events celebrated. So, the 7th of January – the day after we celebrate the baptism of … Continue reading

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When is an Icon not an Icon? | Russian Parsuna

Above are two Russian portraits painted on wooden panels, with the distinctive “recess” creating a raised border seen in many icons. One is painted in the 16th century and the other in the early 17th century. Both contain similar stylized … Continue reading

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The Clouded Mount Icon of the Mother of God

The Uncut Icon of the Mother of God, also called the “Clouded Mount” (Ru: Tuchnaya Gora – Тучная Гора) is particularly associated with the Annunciation (March 25), as this icon was revealed as miracle-working on the eve of the feast. … 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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The Life of St John the Baptist in Iconography

For the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist (Aug 29), I have posted a vita icon, which shows not only John the Forerunner and Baptist, but many of the other feasts and traditions associated with him. An explanation … Continue reading

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The August Menaion Icon

The word Menaion (Gr: Μηναίον; Slavonic: Минея) comes from the Greek word meaning “of the month”. It is used to describe a way of grouping together liturgical texts, prayers and stories based on the order of Saints’ days and other feast … Continue reading

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The July Menaion Icon

The word Menaion (Gr: Μηναίον; Slavonic: Минея) comes from the Greek word meaning “of the month”. It is used to describe a way of grouping together liturgical texts, prayers and stories based on the order of Saints’ days and other feast … Continue reading

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What’s on the other side of the Vladimir Icon?

The Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God is one of the most famous and beloved icons in Orthodoxy and particularly within Russia. It is so well-known, that I haven’t even bothered to write anything about it on this blog, … Continue reading

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Igor Icon of the Mother of God

The Martyr Igor was briefly the Grand-Prince of Kiev during the 12th century – a time of conflict within the principality. Breaking their oaths, the nobles of Kiev rose up against Prince Igor, imprisoned him in a windowless log-house, and … Continue reading

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The Ninety-Three Mile Procession of St Nicholas’ Icon

An annual procession of a miraculous icon of St Nicholas the Wonder-worker has just finished, with around 35,000 pilgrims participating in the ninety-three mile round trip.

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