Monthly Archives: November 2012

Icons of St. John the Baptist

Our Advent readings are filled with stories of St. John the Baptist.  (The Orthodox refer to him as St. John the Forerunner.) He is revered in both the Eastern and Western church as a person of great importance in our salvation … Continue reading

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Something beautiful to share

Sometimes you don’t need to understand the words . . .  

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My Annual Pet Peeve–and an idea

Municipalities claim that they strive to treat every person, every group, as equal and the same. Last year in Santa Monica, a creche was displayed in town.  Thus, an atheist group was allowed to put up an anti-God display nearby.  There … Continue reading

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Annunciation Icon Prayers

I worked a bit today on my icon of the Annunciation.  I had dedicated the prayers over this icon for the unborn children in this world, and asked God to move the hearts of women considering an abortion today, and … Continue reading

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Copy or Translation? Writing Icons

from Psalm 107: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, his kindness endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose love endures forever. Give glory to the Lord, for He is good: for his mercy … Continue reading

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Election Day Prayer

I have been listening to Catholic Radio all week.  They have been playing different recordings of various groups praying the same prayer all over the country. It is the “Patriotic Rosary”.  What a beautiful thing to do, especially today on … Continue reading

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The St. Luke Icons

The tradition of the Orthodox Church holds that St. Luke the Evangelist was the first iconographer. Shortly after Pentecost, he painted 3 icons of the Mother of God, painted directly from life.  As Christians were being actively persecuted, these particular … Continue reading

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Musing on Medieval Monks and Commitments

I’ve been looking at old documents, well, photographs of them, which were forwarded to me recently.  One of the most beautiful was the founding document of the Dionysiou Monastery in northeastern Greece.  It is one of the 20 monasteries that make … Continue reading

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