History of Orthodoxy

March 14, 2015  (Source: http://www.churchpop.com)

NFTU: Of course, many refuse to believe the Holy Ghost was active in the tradition and in the iconographers of the Church to be able to depict Our Lord accurately. Nevertheless, it is still enriching to see some of the oldest images (produced by the Orthodox Church, of course!) of Our Lord and Our Lady.

In the image list of Our Lord they seem to omit the recent discovery of the Spanish image. Though, it is possible that, like the Ravenna image of “Christ the Conqueror” it is not in the same ‘class’ as these six. Though the “Good Shepherd” at least would warrant the inclusion of the Spanish discovery.

The amazing similarity, throughout all the centuries of the images of Our Lady with Our Lord are astounding.  Whether one sees the 5th century Italian “Protectress of the Roman People” icon in Rome or the Sinaite “Madonna and Child Enthroned Among the Angels and Saints”, we see the essential unity of the Orthodox Christian iconographic tradition across a wide area of geography.

Six of the Oldest Images of Christ

Eight of the Oldest Images of the Theotokos

 

March 14, 2015

Six of the Oldest Images of Christ and Eight of the Oldest Images of the Theotokos

March 14, 2015  (Source: http://www.churchpop.com) NFTU: Of course, many refuse to believe the Holy Ghost was active in the tradition and in the iconographers of the Church […]
March 10, 2015

Ecumenism in the Homestretch and the Orthodox Witness of a Contemporary Saint and Confessor by Bishop Klemes of Gardinko (GOC-K)

March 10, 2015  (Source: http://www.hsir.org) The Genesis and Development of Ecumenism At the behest of the Holy Synod, and invoking your prayers, attention, and patience, with God’s […]
March 6, 2015

St. Photios the Great and Church-State Relations by Vladimir Moss

March 06, 2015  (Source: http://www.orthodoxchristianbooks.com) With the fall of iconoclasm in Byzantium in 843, there also fell the absolutist theory of Church-State relations preached by the iconoclast […]
January 20, 2015

Oldest Known Gospel Fragment Found On Mummy Mask of the 1st Century

January 20, 2014  (Source: http://www.livescience.com) (Originally reported on January 18) A text that may be the oldest copy a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the […]