Category Archives: Orthodox Christianity

Artists and Craftspeople and Iconography

When I attended a beginner’s workshop in iconography I was taught that it was imperative to follow the old icons.  We used tracings of icons that have been “copied” hundreds of times across the centuries.  The teacher was an elderly … Continue reading

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Book Review “Laurus” by Eugene Vodolazkin

*  WARNING …  proceed with caution … SPOILER ALERT * Several days ago I finished reading the book Laurus* written about a 15th century monk who lived his life as a healer, trying to redeem the life of his young … Continue reading

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but back to the beauty of Byzantine Christianity

Christian orthodoxy continued The Christian churches in all the Balkans — this includes the Czechoslovakians, Romanians, Poles and others not already mentioned have always retained uninterrupted liturgies and church arts that the Russian Orthodox have claimed as only theirs.  And … Continue reading

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No, its not your ball

Orthodox entitlement continued… Oh dear.  I suppose I should be happy that I am not living in a time when I could be stoned for expressing this heretical posture, but —  the ball belongs to all of us.  That is, … Continue reading

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John, angel of the desert

I cannot look into the eyes of an icon for weeks at a time without forming a personal, loving relationship with the source of that image.  In this case John the Baptist.  If I were to play a game and … Continue reading

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