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The End of Summer and the Dormition Fast

The End of Summer and the Dormition Fast

In addition to bringing you the highest quality icons, Legacy Icons is committed to fostering a culture that has its saints in flesh and blood, not just wood and paint. To help make this a reality, our new blog will post articles covering spirituality, the liturgical calendar, art history, patristic wisdom, and other food for thought. In this article, Sam Granger (our "web-deacon") analyzes the icon of the Dormition and how its fast can help us appreciate the season as we begin t …
Feb 12th 2024 Sam Granger
Our Faith: The Beheading of the Forerunner

Our Faith: The Beheading of the Forerunner

When Saint John the Forerunner (also known as John the Baptist) was beheaded by Herod, his head was placed on a platter and given to his daughter at the request of her mother. The masterfully-composed liturgical hymns for this commemoration are unsettling in their descriptions of the scene: As shameless Herod’s birthday was being celebrated, the terms of the oath to the wanton dancing girl were fulfilled; for the head of the Forerunner was struck off and brought in on a dis …
Feb 12th 2024 Tyler Dykstra
Our Faith: The Icon "Made Without Hands"

Our Faith: The Icon "Made Without Hands"

On August 16 we celebrate the Icon of Our Lord "Made Without Hands." This icon, also known as the Holy Face, the Holy Napkin, or the Mandylion, portrays the face of Christ on a piece of cloth, carried by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. According to Christian legend, King Abgar of Edessa wrote to Jesus, asking him to come cure him of an illness. Jesus declined the invitation, but sent a disciple with a miracle-working image of Jesusthe first icon. The "Made Without Hands" i …
Feb 12th 2024 Tyler Dykstra
The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of the Lord

This past weekend, we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. In this post Sam Granger looks at how the Transfiguration "sheds some light" on the Orthodox, on iconography, and on our understanding of Christ.The Feast of the Transfiugration is a big deal for Orthodox Christians, because it's the feast dedicated to Christ's glory. The name "orthodox" comes from two Greek roots: orthos (ὀρθός) meaning "right" or "correct" and doxa (δόξα) meaning "glory." Orthodox Chri …
Feb 12th 2024 Sam Granger
Raid on an Ancient House Church Reveals Some Surprises

Raid on an Ancient House Church Reveals Some Surprises

The following document is part of an official record of actions taken against a house church in the town of Cirta* in Algeria during the Diocletian persecution. It provides a description of both the church hierarchy of the Ante Nicene period (consisting of a single bishop, as well as priests, deacons, subdeacons and readers as it is in the Orthodox Church to this day) as well as an inventory of material possessions (including gold, silver, and bronze liturgical items, as well as …
Feb 12th 2024 ГАБРІЕЛЬ ТОМАС РЕЙТЕНАУЕР
The Prophet Ezekiel on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

The Prophet Ezekiel on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

Ezekiel 44: 1-3 “Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east; and it was shut. And he said to me, "This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it; for the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered by it; therefore it shall remain shut. Only the prince may sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way."Ezekiel 46:3 “ Likewise the people of t …
Feb 12th 2024 ГАБРІЕЛЬ ТОМАС РЕЙТЕНАУЕР
Is the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Scriptural?

Is the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Scriptural?

The Dormition or falling-asleep of the Virgin Mary and her translation to heaven are not recorded in the pages of the New Testament. This is a stumbling block to some while they overlook the fact that the New Testament likewise does not record the circumstances of the deaths of any of the apostles except James the brother of John. However, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is revealed by the Holy Spirit in the types and shadows of the Old Testament. Mary's role as Theotokos …
Feb 12th 2024 ГАБРІЕЛЬ ТОМАС РЕЙТЕНАУЕР
Recovering Christian Values in Post-Christian America

Recovering Christian Values in Post-Christian America

When I was a little boy back in the 60s I was fascinated by photos of my ancestors taken a century before. I often wondered why they looked so different from modern people. When I inquired about it, I was told that was just the way styles change, or that it was colder in those days and they needed to wear more clothing.When I came to know Christ in my 20s, I pondered the question anew. I understood that my ancestors were devout Christians, but I viewed them as repressed by Purita …
Feb 12th 2024 ГАБРІЕЛЬ ТОМАС РЕЙТЕНАУЕР
By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God

We just delivered food stuff to the family as we promised. All this work of love is through your support in donations.. Please Pray for us. At St Barnabas orphanage and school, you can make a difference today by giving a small portion of yourself and what our Dear LORD Jesus Christ has blessed you with, and it is for our Christian Orthodox Missions in Africa. The difference is so important that each and every young child is praying every day for even the smallest of gifts. This i …
Feb 12th 2024 Fr Methodius JM Kariuki
The Power of Your Words

The Power of Your Words

Most are the time we get what we say. Our words becomes self-fulfilling prophecies. If you allow your thoughts to defeat you, giving in to negative ideas through your words, your actions will follow suit.That is why we should be careful of what we say. Our words have tremendous power, and whether we want to or not, we will live according to what we’re saying, either good or bad.Many people in our days live because of their words. They say things such as: “Nothing good ever happens …
Feb 12th 2024 Fr Methodius JM Kariuki