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2021 Christmas Shipping Guide

Each of our icons is hand-crafted just for you, and we are busy during the Christmas season. If you have an important deadline, consider ordering earlier rather than later. Note: These are estimates, not guarantees. All shipping carriers have suspended their delivery time guarantees, and we have suspended our production guarantees pending COVID-19 and lumber supply concerns. Our best advice is: order early, don't wait till the last minute.Domestic Customers Order-By Dates (U.S. and …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

Legacy Icons is Moving

July 2 Update We have successfully completed our move, and we are working hard on your orders! We have a backlog of a few hundred orders, so we appreciate your patience as we work through them.Legacy Icons will be closed on Monday, July 5, for Independence Day, and we'll be back at full-speed on Tuesday, July 6. Legacy Icons is excited to announce that we are moving to a much larger facility! We are grateful to our spectacular customers who have helped our mission grow. As we m …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

The True Cross

According to Orthodox tradition, the Lord's Cross was made from three kinds of wood: Cypress, Pine and Cedar. This is believed to be a fulfillment of Isaiah 60:13: The glory of Lebanon will come to you, with cypress and pine and cedar together, to glorify my holy place; and I will make my footstool glorious. Legacy Icons is pleased to offer a new Wall Cross hand-crafted in our own woodshop from these three kinds of wood. Place this unique symbol at the heart of your home prayer …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

What does the Bible say about incense?

The burning of incense is a divine command. God gave Moses and Aaron detailed instructions for the times, places, and methods of burning incense. It was to be burned perpetually before the Lord, and it was a holy act of worship (Exodus 30). When the Tabernacle was replaced by the Temple, incense was offered there (1/3 Kings 9:25).When the people fell away into sin and idolatry, their offering of incense was hated by God (Isaiah 1:13), for it was merely an act, and not a true expr …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

2022 Christmas Shipping Guide

Each of our icons is hand-crafted just for you, and we are busy during the Christmas season. If you have an important deadline, consider ordering earlier rather than later. Note: These are estimates, not guarantees. Shipping carriers may have suspended their delivery time guarantees on certain services, and we also continue to experience supply line delays. Our best advice is: order early, don't wait till the last minute. Domestic Customers Order-By Dates (U.S. and territories) …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

Didache: A Treasure From the Early Church

The Didache, orThe Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, is an early Christian text that most scholars date to the first or early second century. The Didache was highly regarded by many early Christian authors and theologians. Athanasius of Alexandria (†373) recommended it to converts, and it had a great influence on theApostolic Constitutions(375). Before the New Testament canon was formally settled in 692, a number of Biblical canons included theDidache; John of Damascus (†749) was also a n …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

Why We Celebrate Saint Gregory Palamas

Saint Gregory Palamas lived in the 14th century. Born in Asia Minor, he was raised in the imperial court of Constantinople and later left to enter the monastic life on Mount Athos. He subjected himself to extreme asceticism so severe that he was forced to travel to Thessalonica for medical treatment.In 1341, Saint Gregory was present at a council that was convened against Barlaam of Calabria. Saint Gregory had previously held discussions with Barlaam about the Orthodox theology of …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

What Are the Great Feasts?

Sometimes we receive the question: What are the Feasts, anyway? Those coming from a tradition that does not celebrate Church Feasts may even think we go to church and eat a big meal together. Do be sure—sometimes we do! But that's not what it means. Oxford Dictionary's first definition of feast is "a large meal." But the second definition is "an annual religious celebration." This comes from the Latin festus, "joyous." It is a joyous day of celebration for the Church. In the Ortho …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

The Orthodox Advent Wreath

The Byzantine Rite of the Orthodox Church has no liturgical season exactly corresponding to Advent in the West. That does not mean there is no preparation for Christ’s Nativity. In the Orthodox Church, the Nativity Fast begins on November 15, forty days before December 25. While there is no weekly “theme” on Pre-Nativity Sundays, the Advent season is marked by the penitential singing of “Alleluia” at Matins and other features. As we get closer to the Feast, more and more Na …
Feb 12th 2024 Legacy Icons

Seven Functions of Holy Icons: Number Two

The iconography in the nave of Saint George Orthodox Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas provides many opportunities for education and contemplation.Sunday, October 15 commemorated the Seventh Ecumenical Council at which icons were restored to the Church as a confirmation of the centrality of Christ's Incarnation in Orthodox theology and a necessary aspect of worship. St John of Damascus was a key figure in this restoration and in his Defense of Icons, he lists 7 functions of Iconography. This post i …
Feb 12th 2024