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The Feast of Theophany is one of the greatest events in the Christian world. Orthodox Christians celebrate it on January 19 to commemorate the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River and the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. The iconography of this feast marks a complex composition, containing multiple symbols. In this post, we will tell you about the Orthodox icon of Theophany and its significance for all Christian believers.

The events of Theophany

The Baptism of the Lord is one of the Twelve Great Feasts, which the Orthodox Church celebrates on January 19, new style. A great liturgy is held on this day, dedicated to the Gospel event of the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist and the beginning of Christ’s earthly service. …


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Everyone knows how important it is for Orthodox believers to have, at least, one religious icon at home. It is widely accepted that icons can protect homes from trouble and ungodly people. These relics are given to loved ones or bought to become the keepers of the hearth and health of all family members. Silver icons are a particularly popular type of religious icons that people keep in their homes, their cars, and wear on the neck as well. That is what our today’s blog post is about.

Why are silver icons so valuable?

Religious icons made of silver have long enjoyed a special place in the hearts of the Orthodox faithful. People believe that such icons can protect them from evil spirits, negative thoughts, and bad people. Besides, the silver setting protects the image from damage, which explains the fact why silver icons are a preferred option for cars and why people buy them to wear in daily life. …


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The purchase of a religious icon seems to be a significant and quite personal matter for every believer. An icon is a sacred object through which one can speak to God and make the most sincere prayer requests. The meaning enclosed in sacred icons makes them a significant cultural and spiritual heritage valued throughout the religious world. To buy an icon for your home, you must listen to your heart and soul in the first place, but it is also important to acquire the necessary knowledge of icon painting traditions and other nuances. …


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It is well known that there is a variety of icons depicting the Theotokos and different biblical events from her life. For example, there is a significant range of religious icons dedicated to the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the Temple. Christian icons with the scene of the arrival of the 3-year-old Virgin Mary with her parents to the Temple in Jerusalem have a truly profound and complex composition. Read about them and the history of the feast in our new blog post.

The history of the feast

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the Temple is one of the greatest Christian feasts. This day marks the dedication of the little Virgin Mary to God. Her parents, the righteous Joachim and Anne, were childless but received a message from the Lord stating that a child would be born to them. When the girl was three years old, Joachim and Anne brought their daughter to the temple in Jerusalem to fulfill the promise they made to the Lord. From then on, Mary was devoted to the service of God. She lived in the temple studying the Scriptures and praying to the Most High until her betrothal to Joseph. …


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Holy icons are of immense importance to all Orthodox believers. In the religious world, icons are often referred to as “theology in colors.” It is indeed true, as the depicted scenes and images of saints allow people to glimpse into biblical stories and even examine certain religious issues. For example, Orthodox icons of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah tell an incredible story of the saint’s life, making them highly valuable to all Orthodox Christians.

Jeremiah — one of the four Old Testament prophets

The prophet Jeremiah is often called the forerunner of Christ, as due to the gift of prophecy he received at an early age by the will of God, he predicted the arrival of Jesus and the events that followed. …


If you are confused about what to gift someone on Christmas Day and winter holidays, you probably don’t have religious icons on your gift list. Holy icons are universal and meaningful presents suitable for almost any occasion. Such a gift would be particularly valuable if you want to offer it to an Orthodox Christian for whom icons are an indispensable part of their spiritual environment. Because there are lots of them, you need to know what icons will be the most fitting for Christmas.

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What holy icon to choose as a gift for Christmas?

Icons are believed to symbolize certain spiritual and material boons. For example, if someone has recently moved to a new house, then the icon of the Mother of God “The Unbreakable Wall” would be a perfect gift due to its protective traits. But what should you do when you don’t have such background information? …


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Hand-painted religious icons are sacred objects demanding a great deal of attention. Improper storage can cause the paints to crumble and damage the surface so badly that it will be impossible to salvage the value of the icon even with restoration. Therefore, to ensure your icons will stay in your home for years to come, read our tips on how to store an icon collection properly. Hopefully, they will be helpful!

How to store an icon collection?

1. Keep icons away from heat

Hand-painted icons can easily become damaged if you place them near a heat source. A heater, a stove, a lamp, or another heat-emitting object can dry out the surface of the icons and cause the colors to crack or crumble. …


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The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton offers not only a marvelous collection of antique icons featuring over 1,000 pieces but also a varied cultural and educational program through which one can dive even deeper into the world of Russian icons. Among the activities regularly held at the museum complex are workshops on icon painting provided by the Prosopon School of Iconology.

The Prosopon School of Iconology

For those who are willing to devote themselves to iconographic art, it is challenging to find a really good workshop where they can master traditional icon painting techniques and adopt the invaluable experience of the professionals. We are therefore pleased to recommend the Prosopon School of Iconology that is a training facility for all those who wish to learn the subtleties of the timeless art of iconography. …


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Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, one of the Christian wonder-workers, is commemorated on the Orthodox calendar today, December 25. The saint is recognized for his gift of healing the sick, casting out evil spirits from people’s souls, and sincerely preaching the word of God. Numerous legends and stories go around among the faithful about Spyridon’s deeds and amazing miracles that saved so many lives. In this blog post, let’s take a closer look at the life of the saint and his Orthodox icon that is venerated by Christians around the world.

Who was Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous?

Saint Spyridon was born on the island of Cyprus around the end of the 3rd century. From childhood, he shepherded and led a God-pleasing life. Spyridon wholeheartedly aided the needy and the homeless, due to what he received from God the incredible gift of performing miracles. …


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Deep inner meanings have always existed in sacral art. The entire religious world consists of divine, invisible symbols that make each religion meaningful and distinctive from others. Some Christian symbols can be easily recognized and interpreted, but the majority of them are difficult to unravel and trace the roots of their origin. In this blog post, we offer you a closer look at some of the most popular symbols in sacral art.

Most popular symbols in sacral art

1. A cross

It is not hard to guess that one of the most recognizable and well-known symbols in Christianity is the cross. …

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