Orthodox icon of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (10). Copy of an icon of 14th cent, Monastery of Chora, Istanbul.
Note: the sizes are not exact. This icon is an old icon and the colors and figures are NOT sharp.
Resurrection icon (4)
Orthodox icon of the Resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ (4), by Theophanis the Cretan (1535), Stavronikita Monastery Mount Athos.
Note: the sizes are not exact.
Resurrection icon (5)
Orthodox icon of the Resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ (5). Copy of a contemporary icon, from Mount Athos, Greece
Note: the sizes are not exact.
Resurrection icon (741-VE)
Orthodox icon of the Resurrection of our Jesus Christ. The icon is made with the old technique of making the icons.
The dimensions of the icon are: 11 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"
St. Joseph of Arimathea icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Joseph of Arimathea icon. Contemporary icon.
Commemorated July 31
Righteous Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. As a member of the Sanhedrin he did not participate in the “counsel and deed” of the Jews in passing a death sentence for Jesus Christ. After the Crucifixion and Death of the Savior he made bold to go to Pilate and ask him for the Body of the Lord, to Which he gave burial with the help of Righteous Nicodemus, who was also a secret disciple of the Lord.
They took down the Body of the Savior from the Cross, wrapped it in a winding-cloth, and placed it in a new tomb, in which no one had ever been buried, in the Garden of Gethsemane, in the presence of the Mother of God and the holy Myrrh-Bearing Women (St Joseph had prepared this tomb for himself). Having rolled a heavy stone before the entrance of the tomb, they departed (John. 19: 37-42; Mt. 27: 57-61; Mark 15: 43-47; Luke. 24: 50-56).
St Joseph traveled around the world, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. He died peacefully in England.
St. Kassiane the Hymnographer icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Kassiane the Hymnographer.
Commemorated September 7.
Saint Kassiani was a Byzantine abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer especially known as the composer of the Hymn of Kassiani. She was born between 805 and 810 in Constantinople into an wealthy family and grew to be exceptionally beautiful and intelligent. At a yound age she was placed in a contest for bride to Emperor Theophilus. Tradition tells us that when Theophilus, astonished by her beauty, selected her, he said through a woman sin came to the world St Kassiani responded and by a woman, salvation came to the world.
This insulted the emperor and she was rejected and he chose Theodora as his wife. She wrote many hymns for liturgies; the most famous being the eponymous Hymn of Kassiani, sung every Holy Wednesday (liturgically; actually chanted late in the evening of Holy Tuesday). Tradition says that in his later years the Emperor Theophilus, still in love with Kassiani, wished to see her one more time before he died, so he rode to the monastery where she resided.
Kassiani was alone in her cell, writing her Hymn when she realized that the commotion she heard was because the imperial retinue had arrived. She was still in love with him but was now devoted to God and hid away because she did not want to let her old passion overcome her monastic vow. She left the unfinished hymn on the table. Theophilus found her cell and entered it alone. He looked for her but she was not there; she was hiding in a closet, watching him. Theophilus felt very sad, cried, and regretted that for a moment of pride he rejected such a beautiful and intellectual woman; then he noticed the papers on the table and read them. When he was done reading, he sat and added one line to the hymn; then he left.
The line attributed to the Emperor is the line those very feet whose sound Eve heard at the dusk in Paradise and hid herself in fear Kassiani emerged when the emperor was gone, read what he had written and finished the hymn. Kassiani is one of the first composers whose scores are both extant and able to be interpreted by modern scholars and musicians.
Approximately fifty of her hymns are extant and twenty-three are included in the Orthodox Church liturgical books. The exact number is difficult to assess, as many hymns are ascribed to different authors in different manuscripts and are often identified as anonymous. In addition, some 789 of her non-liturgical verses survive.
The White Angel of the Tomb icon
Orthodox icon of the White Angel of the Tomb of Christ. Fresco of 13 cent. Mileseva Monastery, Serbia.
Archangel, believed to be Gabriel, at the entrance of Christ's empty Tomb, announcing His Resurrection to the Myrrh-Bearing women.
Orthodox icon of Saint Nicodemus the Disciple of the night and Myrrh-Bearer.
Commemorated Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers.
Together with them the rest Myrrh-Bearers, we celebrate also the secret disciple of the Savior, Nicodemus.
Nicodemus was a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Savior's preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence for the divine Teacher (John 19:39).
Raising of Lazarus icon (1)
Orthodox icon of the miracle of the Raising of Lazarus. Copy of the icon of 1535 by Theophanis the Cretan, Monastery of Stavronikita, Mount Athos.
Raising of Lazarus icon (3)
Orthodox icon of the Resurrection of Lazarus (2).Icon of 16 cent. Monastery of Megalo Meteoro, Greece.
Resurrection icon (9)
Orthodox icon of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (9). Copy of a contemporary icon.