Tag: English

Taizé icon of Mercy

Throughout the year 2015, our Community at Taizé is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its foundation, and invites people to remember its founder, Brother Roger, 100 years after his birth and ten years since his passing to the life of eternity. The theme especially proposed for reflection this year is …

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Discovering St. Martin – A personal journey

How does one come to a close, personal relationship with Saint Martin, when this saint is not part of one’s culture? I live in Queensland, a state famous for its Great Barrier Reef, rainforests, sport, tourism, beach culture, sunshine and surfing. Like most Australians, I had limited knowledge of saints …

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In thee rejoices…

“In Thee rejoices, Maiden, who are full of grace, all creation, the ranks of angelic hosts, and the lineage of mankind. A temple sanctified and a paradise of the mind, you are the boast of the chaste, from whom our God was incarnate and became a new-born child, yet he …

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The Icon of the Embrace of the Apostles Peter and Paul

The Icon of the Embrace of the Apostles Peter and Paul

Have you ever asked yourself why the feast days of St Peter and St Paul are celebrated on the same day, June 29th, and why, in the 15th century, so many icons of these two apostles were painted? In the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England hangs an icon called The …

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Stamped and Sealed. The two Johns

The Bible tells of two personages that carry the name John. The first John is referred to as John the Baptist in the Western tradition and John the Forerunner in the Eastern Orthodox Church. To distinguish John from his namesake, John the Baptist, the former, a disciple of Jesus, is …

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Mother of God of the Mount Karmel

The icon of the Mother of God of Mount Carmel was ‘written’ by the Carmelite Sisters of the Monastery Cerreto in Italy (Fig. 1). The Mother of God is flanked by a quartet of important figures from the history of the Carmelite Order, which received ecclesiastical approval around 1207. The …

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Bulgarian icons. Two exceptional icons of St Nicholas

In the month of December, with the moon shining through the leafless trees on the evening of December 5th, we began the night of the Feast of Saint Nicholas. There is actually very little known about this saint who is revered in many countries. He was probably born in Patras …

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The Miracle of Birth

Every human life has a beginning, as each life reaches an end; a matter of biology but at the same time, a great miracle. The exhibition of Russian and Greek icons associated with the birth of new life, Miracle of Birth, added to this year’s Christmas holiday celebrations and was seen at …

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Israel. A Land Holy to Many

We had been planning a month-long visit to France, when my sister wrote to me and said, “Let’s go to Israel instead, it’s been your dream for so long.” Indeed. I flew into Tel Aviv and while waiting for my sister to arrive, I heard joyous singing coming from the …

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