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Nativity Message and Brochure - 2008
    A Special Nativity Message-
Followed by a Fine Selection of Icons, Books and Gift Suggestions for this Nativity Season.


   The Holy Nativity of Christ 

There is a vibrant expectation that begins to swell throughout all of Creation when the Lord of Life and Icon of Love, the God-Man Jesus Christ, “by Whom all things were made” draws near to the manifest and most intimate relationship with this world as He comes to Bethlehem to be born as a little child.  This is a celebration to all, this is a triumph of hope, this is a symphony of praise from the throats of all who can join chorus and sing with the Angels above, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  We too can come with the shepherds with haste to “see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord has made manifest to us.”  The utterly Other, the completely Immutable, the totally Unapproachable, that which is beyond thought and mind is now accessible and close.  The great gulf which divided man from God through sin is now bridged by this little child, Who was God before the Ages.  The Nativity of Christ  is an invitation to reach out, to touch, to handle, and to love personally, directly, immediately, and intimately the very God Who loved us from the beginning.  May we all with ardent love and the most tender care reach out to Him today!    


    
 Behold The Beauty - Icon Treasures 
Click on any image for description and sizes available
Click here for Book and Gift Suggestions featured this season.

 Nativity of the Lord - F43    
Nativity of the Lord - F43 
        Nativity of the Lord (Rublev) - F41 
Nativity of the Lord (Rublev) - F41

 F24 Holy Trinity (Rublev) 
Holy Trinity - F24 
  WCR Russian Wall Cross 
Russian Wall Cross - WCR

    Pantocrator (Sinai)(Detail of J24) - J08   
Pantocrator - Detail (Sinai) - J08
                         

  Theotokos of Vladimir (Detail) - T23 

        Theotokos of Vladimir - Detail - T23

Windows  into Heaven

      Presentation in the Temple (16th Century) - F125 
Presentation in the Temple (16th Century) - F125
   

 St. Nicholas, Help of Mariners - S23 
St. Nicholas, Help of Mariners - S23
            Christ "Holy Silence" - J87 
Christ "Holy Silence" - J87

 Creation of the Animal Kingdom - F70 
Creation of the Animal Kingdom - F70
                       Creation of the Stars - F57 
                               Creation of the Stars - F57

Lord  Jesus Christ and Theotokos Virgin Mary 

    

 J75 Good Shepherd        
Good Shepherd - J75
             The Tree of Jesse - T63 
                  The Tree of Jesse - T63

 Theotokos "Great Grace" - T56 
Theotokos "Great Grace" - T56
       Christ Blessing - J45 
Christ Blessing - J45

 Panagia "Formidable Protection" - T47                 
Panagia "Formidable Protection" - T47
    Theotokos "of Three Hands" (Hilandar) - T27 
Theotokos "of Three Hands" (Hilandar) - T27

Angels and Saints

 St. John the Baptist - S16     
St. John the Baptist - S16
      Michael, Archangel
- S412 
       Michael, Archangel  - S412

 Angel of Great Counsel - F35             
Angel of Great Counsel - F35
               S288 Guardian Angel 
Guardian Angel - S288

 Gabriel, Archangel (Hilandar) - S119       
Gabriel, Archangel (Hilandar) - S119
        White Angel (Detail of F36) - F59 
         White Angel - F59

 St. Seraphim of Sarov - S221 
                St. Seraphim of Sarov - S221              
   


Newly featured icons

 Christ Emmanuel (12th c.) - J83         
Christ Emmanuel  - J83                
      St. Theodore the Studite (Mosaic) - S102 
  St. Theodore the Studite (Mosaic) - S102

 Pantocrator (Mosaic) - J92 
Pantocrator (Mosaic) - J92
        Theotokos "Pammakaristos" (Mosaic) - T101 
Theotokos "Pammakaristos" (Mosaic) - T101

 Theotokos "Igorevskaya" - T105 
Theotokos "Igorevskaya" - T105
                  St. Paraskeva - S99 
St. Paraskeva - S99

  
    St. James the Persian
- S62 
St. James the Persian  - S62

 
 



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