Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Savior

In Byzantine iconography, a figure of the Savior was one of the most important representations. An illustration of the Savior was depicted inside the Cathedral as the core for all church drawings . This kind of the praying icon is called “the Savior”. The drawing of the Savior is condensed, since the shape and features of the Savior’s face as well as his clothes are illustrated schematically.

Traditionally, the Savior’s face expression is serious but at the same time, it is peaceful with some calm and relaxed frame of mind. In the ancient Russian iconography, a depiction of the Savior from the collection of “Deusus” was widely spread.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

St. Veronica. 30 х 40 cm

According to belief, St Veronica was giving a supernatural healing when she touched the edge of Christ’s Cope. She also gave Jesus a white cloth to wipe his face on his way to the crucifixion. As seen on the Icon, the shape of Jesus’ face was imprinted on this cloth.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Faith, Hope, Love and Their Mother Sophia. 27 х 35 cm

In the ancient times, Sophia lived and suffered with her daughters in the year of 137 during Emperor Adrian’s ruling. Sophia, who was born in Italy, was a kind-hearted widow. She praised Christianity and lived her life very radically as even her name, Sophia, means “Wisdom”. She raised her three daughters, Faith, Hope and Love teaching them to resist what evil tongues stated.
St. Sophie considered praising the belief in Jesus Christ as her life’s major goal, which was stronger than any physical agonies, pain and even death. She truly believed that human’s soul could approach the top of all wisdoms – Jesus Christ.

Monday, March 27, 2006

St. Nicholas the Miracle

St. Nicholas the Miracle is one of the most renown Saints in both Russian and Western traditions. During his life as Archiepiscopal of the city named Likiya, Nicolas had done many incredible things. Once, there was a famine in Likiya. He visited a merchant’s dream, who loaded bread onto his ship. The Saint gave him three golden coins and ordered to transport the bread in Likiya. All inhabitants were rescued from the starved death. In addition, St Nicolas saved many people from dungeons during furious storms in the see.

It is believed that St. Nicolas the Miracle’s Icon brings luck and happiness to marriages and the life afterwards as well as protects from robbers, imprisonments, drowning and poor life. Moreover, it helps people who got lost find a way out.

The Virgin of Kazan. 14,5 х 20 cm

In the 16th century, Kazan City was taken over by Russians and it was no longer a part of the Kazan Empire. After a devastating fire that destroyed half of the city, a little girl Matrena saw Virgin of Kazan icon in her dreams. The Virgin asked to get the Icon out of the ground and tell the Archiepiscopal about it. Nevertheless, nobody took the girl’s words seriously. The same dream repeated itself two more times. After that, Matrena and her mother dug the Icon out, which after praying was moved into the Blagoveshnkiy Cathedral. The new arrived Icon had supernatural curing effects, helped and protected Russian people from threats of being conquered by foreign foes.