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Festival Icons for the Christian Year - John Baggley

Festival Icons for the Christian Year

Paperback Published: 2000
ISBN: 9780881412017
Number Of Pages: 180

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The beauty of Orthodox Christian icons is being appreciated more and more in the Western world. But this beauty is not only to be understood artistically: icons were created by Christians within the rich Orthodox tradition where they are at the centre of prayer and reflection.

The Christian year is full of great feasts, such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Beautifully illustrated with color plates, Festival Icons for the Christian Year introduces the general render to the most important icons of the Orthodox Church associated with these major festivals, accompanied by words of prayer and liturgy.

Discussion of each festival includes backgrounds information, extracts from the associated liturgical texts, detailed analysis on the icon illustrated with information about its development, and comment on the theological and spiritual significance of the festival and its icon.

Written by a Western Christian who has come to value the Orthodox tradition of iconography, Festival Icons for the Christian Year opens up aspects of Christian discipleship which have been handed on to us by the Orthodox tradition of iconography, and shows how icons take us into the heart of the Christian revelation, engaging our heart, mind, body and soul

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
A Note on Stylistic Conventions
Introductionp. 1
Barren Root and Life-giving Branch: The Birth of the Mother of God and Her Entry into the Templep. 11
The Living City of Christ the King: The Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Maryp. 21
The Paradise that is Within the Cave: The Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christp. 31
Simeon Was Amazed: The Meeting of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ (The Presentation of Christ in the Temple)p. 40
A Wonderful Restoration by Fire and Spirit and Water: The Holy Theophany of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ (The Baptism of the Lord)p. 48
The Timeless Light and Brightness of the Father: The Transfiguration of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christp. 58
To Call Back Adam: The Orthodox Observance of Great Lentp. 72
Thou Hast Broken the Belly of Hell: The Raising of Lazarusp. 87
Thy King Comes Unto Thee: Palm Sundayp. 94
His Voluntary Passion and Life-giving Cross: Holy and Great Friday, and the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Crossp. 100
Now Are All Things Filled with Light: The Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha (Easter Sunday)p. 116
Living Waters of Wisdom and Endless Life: The Feast of Mid-Pentecostp. 126
The Cloud Took Thee Up and Heaven Received Thee: The Ascension of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christp. 134
We Have Seen the True Light: The Feast of Holy Pentecostp. 140
The Ark of God Goes to Her Rest: The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Maryp. 160
Notesp. 167
Further Readingp. 173
Glossaryp. 174
Where to See Iconsp. 177
Indexp. 178
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ISBN: 9780881412017
ISBN-10: 0881412015
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 2000
Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39

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