Orthodox icon of Theotokos (Panaghia)with Saint Anna, contemporary icon. Iconographer Dionysios Fentas (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Jesus Christ "Pantocrator" icon (10)
Orthodox Icon of Jesus Christ "Pantocrator" (10). Icon is a copy of a mosaic icon of Jesus Christ from Saint Sophia's Church (Hagia Sophia), Constantinople 13 century.
This image is in the upper gallery at Saint Sophia. It was commissioned to mark the end of 57 years of Roman Catholic use and the return to the Orthodox faith. It is considered the finest in Hagia Sophia, because of the softness of the features, the humane expressions and the tones of the mosaic. This mosaic is considered as the beginning of the Renaissance in Byzantine pictorial art.
Jesus Christ "Pantocrator" icon ( 2 )
Orthodox icon of our Lord Jesus Christ "Pantocrator" (2) or "Blessing". Contemporary icon by the iconographer Dionysios Fentas. (Greece)
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Archangel Michael Icon (2)
Orthodox Icon of Archangel Michael (2).
Commemorated November 8.
In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God?"Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. Michael first appears in the Old Testament in the book of Joshua's account of the fall of Jericho. In the book of Daniel, Michael appears first to help the Archangel Gabriel defeat the Persians (10:13). In a later vision it is revealed to Daniel that "at that time [the end times] Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then..." (Ch. 12)1.
Church Fathers also ascribe to Michael the following events: During the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt he went before them in the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night; the power of the great Chief Commander of God was manifest in the annihilation of the 185 thousand soldiers of the Assyrian emperor Sennacherib (4/2 Kings 19:35); also in the smiting of the impious leader Heliodorus (2 Macc. 3: 24-26); and in the protection of the Three Holy Youths: Ananias, Azarias and Misail, thrown into the fiery furnace for their refusal to worship an idol (Dan 3:22-25). Through the will of God, the Chief Commander Michael transported the Prophet Habbakuk (December 2) from Judea to Babylon, to give food to Daniel in the lions' den (Dan. 14:33-37).
The Archangel Michael disputed with the devil over the body of the holy Prophet Moses (Jude 1:9). Perhaps his most famous miracle, though, is the salvation of the church at Colossae. Here a number of pagans tried to destroy this church by diverting the flow of two rivers directly into its path. However, the Archangel appeared amongst the waters, and, carrying a cross, channeled the rivers underground so that the ground the church stood on would not be destroyed. The spring which came forth after this event is said to have special healing powers.
Orthodox icon of the Council, Synaxis of the Archangels (3).
Commemorated November 8.
Dormition of Theotokos Icon (2)
Orthodox icon of the Dormition of our Theotokos (2). Contemporary icon, Greece.
Commemorated August 15.
Note: the sizes are not exact.
Holy Motherhood icon (1)
Orthodox icon of the Foremothers of our Jesus Christ: Saint Maria, the mother of Saint Anna, Saint Anna -mother of Theotokos-, Theotokos with Christ. Icon of 15th cent. Monastery of Theotokos of Saidanaya, Jerusalem.
Orthodox icon of the Entrance of Theotokos to the Temple (4).
Commemorated November 21.
Theotokos " Quick to Hear"icon
Orthodox icon of Theotokos "Quick to Hear", "Γοργοϋπήκοος". Contemporary icon. Commemorated October 1st. In this icon we have Theotokos standing with Christ in her arms. The sizes of this icon are approximate.
St. Catherine icon (1)
Orthodox icon of Saint Catherine, Katherine (1), with scenes of her life. Copy of an icon of13 cent., St Catherine Monastery, Sinai Egypt.
Commemorated November 25th.
The Holy Great Martyr Catherine was the daughter of Constants, the governor of Alexandrian Egypt during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-313). Young men from the most worthy families of the empire sought the hand of the beautiful Catherine, but she was not interested in any of them. She told her parents that she would enter into marriage only with someone who surpassed her in nobility, wealth, comeliness and wisdom. Catherine's mother, a secret Christian, sent her to her own spiritual Father for advice.
After listening to Catherine, the Elder said that he knew of a Youth who surpassed her in everything. His countenance is more radiant than the shining of the sun, and all of creation is governed by His wisdom. His riches are given to all the nations of the world, yet they never diminish. His compassion is unequaled. This description of the Heavenly Bridegroom produced in the soul of the holy maiden an ardent desire to see Him. If you do as I tell you, said the monk, you will gaze upon the countenance of this illustrious man.
In parting, the Elder handed Catherine an icon of the Theotokos with the divine Child Jesus on Her arm and told her to pray with faith to the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of the Heavenly Bridegroom, and She would hear Catherine and grant her heart's desire. Catherine prayed all night and was permitted to see the Most Holy Virgin, Who said Her Divine Son, Behold Thy handmaiden Catherine, how fair and virtuous she is. But the Child turned His face away from her saying, No, she is ugly and unbelieving. She is a foolish pauper, and I cannot bear to look at her until she forsakes her impiety. Catherine returned again to the Elder deeply saddened, and told him what she had seen in the dream. He lovingly received her, instructed her in the faith of Christ, admonished her to preserve her purity and integrity and to pray unceasingly. She then received the Mystery of holy Baptism from him. Again St Catherine had a vision of the Most Holy Theotokos with Her Child.
Now the Lord looked tenderly at her and gave her a beautiful ring, a wondrous token of her betrothal to the Heavenly Bridegroom (This ring is still on her hand). At that time the emperor Maximian was in Alexandria for a pagan festival. Christians were condemned to death in the fire. The saint's love for the Christian martyrs and her fervent desire to ease their sufferings compelled Catherine to speak to the pagan priest and to the emperor Maximian. Introducing herself, the saint confessed her faith in the One True God and with wisdom exposed the errors of the pagans.
The beauty of the maiden captivated the emperor. In order to convince her and to show the superiority of pagan wisdom, the emperor ordered fifty of the most learned philosophers and rhetoricians of the Empire to dispute with her, but the saint got the better of the wise men, so that they came to believe in Christ themselves. St Catherine made the Sign of the Cross over the martyrs, and they bravely accepted death for Christ and were burned alive by order of the emperor.
Maximian tried to entice her with the promise of riches and fame. Receiving an angry refusal, the emperor gave orders to subject the saint to terrible tortures and then throw her in prison.On the following day they again brought the martyr to the judgment court where, under the threat of being broken on the wheel, they urged that she renounce the Christian Faith and offer sacrifice to the gods.
The saint steadfastly confessed Christ and she herself approached the wheels; but an angel smashed the instruments of execution, which shattered into pieces with many pagans standing nearby. Having beheld this wonder, the Empress Augusta and the imperial courtier Porphyrius with 200 soldiers confessed their faith in Christ in front of everyone, and they were beheaded. Maximian again tried to entice the holy martyr, proposing marriage to her, and again he was refused. St Catherine firmly confessed her fidelity to the heavenly Bridegroom Christ, and with a prayer to Him she herself lay her head on the block beneath the executioner's sword.
The relics of St Catherine were taken by the angels to Mount Sinai. In the sixth century, the venerable head and left hand of the holy martyr were found through a revelation and transferred with honor to a newly-constructed church of the Sinai monastery, built by the holy Emperor Justinian (November 14). St Catherine is called upon for relief and assistance during a difficult childbirth. Pilgrims to her monastery on Mt Sinai are given souvenir rings as a remembrance of their visit.
Theotokos "Immaculate" icon (2)
Orthodox icon of the Most Holy Theotokos the "Immaculate", 'Amolyntos" (2)
Theotokos "Platytera" icon (2)
Orthodox icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Platytera" (2). Contemporary fresco
"Ancient of Days" icon
Othodox icon of the "Ancient of Days", icon of 12 cent.
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"Ancient of Days" is the name of God as we found it in the Old testament, according of the translation of the O’. Symbolizes the perfection and the eternity of God.
We find this name of our God in two Biblical Books. The first is in the Book of Daniel and it was a vision that Daniel's had: "I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire."A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened”.
The second is in the book of Revelation 1/A 12-18: "I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lamp stands and among the lamp stands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades."
In the art of the orthodox iconography, sometimes Christ portrayed as an Elderly, as the “Ancient of the Days”, to symbolically show His existence in eternity and some times like a young “person” to demonstrate His incarnation. This tendency of hagiography appeared in the 6th century AD, especially in the Eastern Byzantine Empire.
The Icon of Sophia, the Wisdom of God (Kiev), occupies an unique place in the Russian Orthodox Church. On the icon is depicted the Theotokos, and the Hypostatic Wisdom, the Son of God incarnate of Her. In Wisdom or Sophia, ponders the Son of God, about Whom in the Proverbs of Solomon it says: Wisdom has built a house for herself, and has set up seven pillars (9:1).
These words refer to Christ, the Son of God, Who in the Epistles of St Paul is called Wisdom of God (1 Cor.1:30), and the word choose refers to the Most Holy Virgin Mary, of Whom the Son of God is incarnate. The arrangement of the icon bears witness to the fulfillment of this prophecy. On the Kiev icon of Sophia is a church, and standing there is the Mother of God in a robe with a veil on her head, under an archway of seven pillars. The palms of Her hands are outstretched, and her feet are set upon a crescent moon.
The Theotokos holds the Pre-eternal Christ Child, blessing with Her right hand, and holding the Infant with Her left. On the cornice of the entrance are inscribed the words from the Book of Proverbs: Wisdom has built a house for herself, and has set up seven pillars. Over the entrance are depicted God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. From the mouth of God the Father issues the words: I am affirmation of Her footsteps. Along both sides the seven Archangels are depicted with outstretched wings, holding in their hands symbols of their duties.
On the right side: Michael with flaming sword; Uriel with a lightning flash hurling downwards; Raphael with alabaster vessel of myrrh. On the left side: Gabriel with a lily blossom; Selaphiel with a scale; Jerudiel with royal crown; and Barachiel with flowers on a white shawl. Under a cloud with the crescent moon, serving as a footrest for the Mother of God, is a staircase with seven steps (depicting the Church of God on earth). Those standing on the seven steps are the Old Testament witnesses of the manifestation of Wisdom, the Forefathers and the Prophets. On each of the seven steps are inscribed: faith, hope, love, purity, humility, blessedness, glory. The seven steps of the staircase are set upon the seven pillars, on which images are inscribed, and their explanation taken from the Apocalypse.