Tag: Icons

Woman of Peace, Temple of War
Culture and Arts, Religion and Politics

Woman of Peace, Temple of War

The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces was sprinkled with holy water by Patriarch Kirill in 2020, but that does not mean it is holy. It has forsaken the elegant curves of a traditional Russian dome to deliberately resemble nuclear missiles (which Russian priests have cheerily blessed). The classic two-dimensional apse mosaic of Christ…

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Encountering the Mandylion Icon of Christ
Culture and Arts, Liturgical Life

Encountering the Mandylion Icon of Christ

“The indescribable glory of His face was changing through grace”—Menaion for August. Since the feast-day of the Mandylion Ikon of Christ, memories of encountering it have been galvanizing my prayer, recalling an extraordinary encounter meeting it on pilgrimage many years ago. The Mandylion Icon “Not Made by Hands” occupies a central place among Orthodox images…

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Bulgakov’s Theological Defense of Western Religious Art
Culture and Arts, Theology

Bulgakov’s Theological Defense of Western Religious Art An Orthodox Minority Report

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски “Since the time of the Renaissance, the religious painting of the West has been one massive untruth.” So wrote Fr. Pavel Florensky in his Iconostasis, one of the most important works of 20th century Orthodox iconology. The heart of Western religious painting’s “untruth” was…

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Venerating the Transfiguration Every Day
Liturgical Life, Theology

Venerating the Transfiguration Every Day

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners.Through the prayers of the Theotokos,O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion for Transfiguration—Tone 7) During my Seminary days, walking into Chapel meant walking by,…

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When Icons Make You Sick
Culture and Arts

When Icons Make You Sick Religious Materiality in Post-Chernobyl Contamination

ελληνικά | Română | српски The publication of this essay coincides with the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Saturday, April 26, 1986. In March 2020, we were asked to work from home because of the pandemic of coronavirus. We could not even imagine how quickly the situation would escalate to a global lockdown. Looking at…

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