Orthodox icon of the Forefathers of our Savior Jesus Christ. Icon of Andrei Rublev, 14 cent.
Comemmorated the Sunday of the Forefathers.
Sunday of the Forefathers icon (2)
Orthodox icon of the the Forefathers of our Lord Jesus Christ (2). Copy of an icon of 13th cent., Mount Athos.
The "Flight into Egypt" icon
Orthodox icon of The" Flight, the escape into Egypt". Contemporary icon.
Commemorated December 26
"Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matthew 2:13-14)
The Prayer in Gethsemane icon
Orthodox icon of the Prayer of our Savior Jesus Christ in Gethsemane.
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a]with me.”And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[ See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” (Matthews 26: 36-56)
Three Temptations of our Lord Jesus Christ icon
Orthodox icon of the Three Temptations of our Lord Jesus Christ. Icon of 14 cent. Meteora, Greece
Transfiguration of Christ Our Lord icon (1)
Contemporary orthodox icon of the Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Commemorated August 6th.
The event portrayed in this Orthodox icon is recorded in Scripture (Matthew 17:1, Mark 9:2 , Luke 9:28 ). Jesus took three of His trusted disciples, Peter, James, and John, to the top of Mount Tabor. There the full glory of His divinity was revealed to them. Jesus was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and His garments became glistening white. Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ.
A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice came from the cloud saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." Hearing this the disciples fell on their faces filled with awe. Jesus came to them and told them to not be afraid. This divine light that the disciples witnessed is the divine light of which we all can become partakers. We are to strive to purify ourselves so we will become worthy of God's grace to be united with Him like the disciples were on Mount Tabor.
Gregory Palamas says: "Let us, considering the Mystery of the Transfiguration of the Lord in accord with their teaching, strive to be illumined by this Light ourselves and encourage in ourselves love and striving towards the Unfading Glory and Beauty, purifying our spiritual eyes of worldly thoughts and refraining from perishable and quickly passing delights and beauty which darken the garb of the soul and lead to the fire of Gehenna and everlasting darkness. Let us be freed from these by the illumination and knowledge of the incorporeal and ever-existing Light of our Savior transfigured on Tabor, in His Glory, and of His Father from all eternity, and His Life-Creating Spirit, Whom are One Radiance, One Godhead, and Glory, and Kingdom, and Power now and ever and unto ages of ages."
Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ icon (2)
Orthodox icon the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2). This is a copy of an icon painted by Theophanes the Cretan around 1535, Monastery of Sravronikita Mount Athos.
Celebrated on the 6th of August.
This event is one of the twelve major feast days of the Orthodox Church. It is recounted in the Synoptic Gospels, (Matthew 17:1, Mark 9:2 , Luke 9:28 ) In this icon Christ is the center and focus of the image, his hand held in a blessing, eyes directed at us. His clothes are depicted white as light as the Gospel writers describe, and the glory of God overshadowing the scene is shown by the mandorla around his body. From His body, shafts of light are shown radiating out from Christ.
Elijah (2.) and Moses (3.) stand at the top of separate mountain peaks to the left and right of Christ. They are bowing toward Christ with their right hands raised in a gesture of intercession towards Him. Saint John Chrysostom explains the presence of these two fathers of the faith from the Old Testament in three ways. He states that they represent the Law and the Prophets (Moses received the Law from God, and Elijah was a great prophet); they both experienced visions of God (Moses on Mount Sinai and Elijah on Mount Carmel); and they represent the living and the dead (Elijah, the living, because he was taken up into heaven by a chariot of fire, and Moses, the dead, because he did experience death).
Below Christ are the three Apostles, who by their posture in the icon show their response to the transfiguration of Christ (4.). James has fallen over backwards with his hands over his eyes. John in the center has fallen prostrate. Peter is kneeling and raises his right hand toward Christ in a gesture expressing his desire to build the three booths. The garments of the Apostles are in a state of disarray as to indicate the dramatic impact the vision has had on them. This event shows forth the divinity of Christ, so that the disciples would understand after his Ascension that He was truly the radiant splendor of the Father, and that his Passion was voluntary (Mark 9:2-9). It also shows the possibility of our own theosis.
Triumph of Orthodoxy icon
Orthodox icon of the Triumph of the Orthodoxy, Sunday of the Orthodoxy.
Celebrated the first Sunday of the Great Lent.
Veneration of the Magi icon
Orthodox icon of the Veneration, Adoration of the Magi.
Commemorated on Christmas day.
Note: the name of the store in the icon is a watermark