Saturday, August 26, 2006

St. Martyr Elisabeth

St. Elisabeth – daughter of Duke Louis IV of Hessen-Darmstadt and Princess Alice, wife of Prince Sergey Alexandrovitch who was brother of Emperor Alexander III. In 1891 She was accepted into the Orthodox church. St Elisabeth dedicated her life to Lord through her serving to people after her husband was murdered by a terrorist. Since the beginning of the World War I, St Elisabeth had been helping organize trains with medicaments, etc. After St Nicolas II gave up his throne, she was arrested and moved to Alapaevsk, where she was thrown into the mine. After several months their bodies were drawn out and in 1920 moved to Jerusalem. Nowadays, her body is being kept inside a vault at the Cathedral of the St Mary Magdalena at the ridge of Mount of Olives.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Savior – golden hair

This icon is redrawn from the original icon which is located at the Cathedral of Uspenskiy, Moscow Kremlin (13th century) . It belongs to a type of Christ-Pantocrator icons. Jesus Christ’s hair is golden and the green-golden cross is depicted at the background. Many features of this icon are decorated with medallions. This icon has many hidden symbols of the orthodox religion. The symbols on the sides of the icon deliver the meaning of the image.
Christ- Pantocrator is the central icon in many places from churches to houses. Many people pray to this icon before starting any deeds. When couples get married, they are blessed by this icon and icon of Virgin