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Each month we feature two icons that are exceptional in beauty and yet not as well known as our most popular icons. Discover these extraordinary icons at a discount price to help make them another facet of your continuing spiritual growth. Here are our current selections:

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J96 Pantocrator (ca. 1600)
Pantocrator (ca. 1600)- J96

The Greek post-Byzantine school of iconography became prominent in the years following the Fall of Constantinople in a.d. 1453 to the Moslem invaders.  This icon is of that period and of that artistic style as it was painted in the Greek speaking lands in about 1600.  Dark-accentuated hair, beard, eyes and moustache, along with the light-skinned face show a beauty that is consistent with the belief that Christ was truly beautiful, and those who opened their hearts could perceive that beauty that revealed the inner light of the Kingdom of God come on earth.  In this icon Christ is most expressive, looking at our hearts to call us up to Him and make us self-aware of our fallen and sinful condition so that we might desire to change or repent.  This repentance grants great freedom to us.

We see Christ not as just a man, even a most beautiful man, but as the “Ruler of All” (which in Greek is “Pantocrator”) for He is limited by neither Time or Space, nor even of our own limited ideas of existence and purposeful or un-purposeful meaning in life, but is the shining revelation of Life Itself.  May we be illumined this day by approaching and loving the God Who made us.

T80 Theotokos "Donskaya" (Theophanes, 14th c.)

This icon is a reproduction of the famous original icon of the Virgin “Donskaya” which is the Russian translation of “of the Don” (our icon T80).  It is the tradition that this icon was brought by the Cossacks of the Don to Prince Dmitri Ivanovich before the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380 to help the Prince defeat the Tartars in that decisive battle that began to free the Russian land from Tartar subjugation and invasions.  The famous iconographer Theophanes the Greek painted it at around that time.  In 1591 victory in another important battle against the Tartars was credited to this icon.

Icons of the Virgin have played an important part in the history of Orthodox nations and there have been many times when, in the face of very unfavorable military odds by a threatening enemy, the people have gathered together before an icon of the Virgin to pray and ask her help to intercede before her son Jesus Christ to save and protect His people.  In many cases these prayers have averted the disaster of a most surely impending defeat.
 

The icon is shown here as it was first painted, without its protective metal cover (riza in Greek or oklad in Russian).

 
 



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