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DISCOURSE ON THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Mosaic - Nativity of the Holy Theotokos

By St. Andrew, Archbisop of Crete The present feastday is for us the beginning of feastdays. Serving as boundary limit to the law and to foretypes, it at the same time serves as a doorway to grace and truth. “For Christ is the end of the law” (Rom 10:4), Who, having freed us from the writing, doth raise us to spirit. ... Read More »

A STRANGE SCENE IN THE ICON OF THE DORMITION

Strange scene from Icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos

By John Sanidopoulos In many icons of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one can see a strange scene near the bottom: an angel invisibly cuts off the two hands of a certain man. What is the story behind this scene? Bewailing their separation from the Mother of God, the Apostles prepared to bury Her all-pure body. A solemn procession went ... Read More »

What Orthodox Iconography Is

Photios Kontoglou

By Photios Kontoglou The religion of Christ is the revelation, by Him, of the truth. And this truth is the knowledge of the true God and of the spiritual world. But the spiritual world is not what men used to—and still do—call “spiritual.” Christ calls His religion “new wine” and “bread that cometh down from Heaven.” The Apostle Paul says, ... Read More »