Tag: icons

Virgin Mary undoer of knots

As a Protestant, I would never have seen this prayer to, Mary for intercession on my behalf. I belong to an oil painting forum. One of the other painters is recreating this painting for his wife who is a devote Roman Catholic… Read More

The Life of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

Jesus in the garden- Orthodox Holy Week Pt. 3

I’ve been up since 3:00 it is now about 3:40. The moon is still bright. I’m thinking about Christ praying in the garden of Gethsemane last night. Just a few hours ago after He celebrated Passover dinner with his remaining disciples. There… Read More

Orthodox Holy Week Pt. 2- Orthodoxy heals your soul

Orthodox Christianity ultimately focuses on healing our souls. I think it is fairly obvious by what I post about my past as a Protestant that I am in the process of healing. My youth in Protestantism was not an issue Per se…. Read More

Welcome to Orthodox Holy Week

The moon is so bright you could probably read by it. The first full moon of Spring marks Passover. The Jewish holiday (remember Christ was born into a Jewish family. He came first for the Jews, was rejected and then adopted the… Read More

Struggling with Christian female identity

As I watched a program the other day on which two men were dressed as women in garish, bright yellow dresses, I lamented the state of our nation. Not just for this, but for so many things we are getting wrong in… Read More

New icons arrived

On the lest is:Mother of God of the Three Joys. In this icon we see, Mary hold the Christ child. Joseph is on the left and St. John the baptist is on the right. The legend of the icon is as follows…. Read More

The Jesus prayer

One of the first things I went to work on acquiring when I began exploring Orthodoxy was the Jesus prayer as part of my prayer rule. “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me the sinner.”. I researched it and… Read More

How the Ecumenical Councils Helped form & Define Christianity

“We refuse to take on the idea that any of the Church’ canons are obsolete or subject to review … To think otherwise, it means to place yourself above the Church and to oppose with your own limited experience, the eternal and… Read More

What’s your icon situation?

If you read one person’s opinion you’ll see that they place prayer above icons: ‘My grandmother had only one small set of icons and prayed to them everyday. Don’t become an icon junky.’ vs. ‘Put an icon of the Theotokos (Mother of… Read More