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« on: October 21, 2007, 01:07:19 AM »

Does anyone know where an icon of St. Conan is available?  He was a missionary to the Isle of Man in the seventh century.  I have a friend who named her child Conan and I thought it would be a nice gift to get her an icon of that saint. 
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2007, 02:49:43 PM »

I found a couple sites, but I'm not sure what price range you're looking for.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2007, 08:32:36 PM »

Could you link the sites?  I'd be very grateful!
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2007, 09:08:44 PM »

I can't seem to find a second one, but both sites had the same prices, essentially. Problem is, it's a custom order type thing; 45 minutes of internet searches turned up no pre-made ones for sale.

http://www.traditionaliconography.com/

The people on that site want around $350 for something basic, around $850 for a very large icon with gold leaf.

Sorry I couldn't find anything cheaper.  Sad

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2007, 09:20:48 PM »

Ouch!  I like my friend, but not quite that much.   Smiley 

I can't believe there aren't any places with ready made icons out there.  St. Conan was an "enlightener," as they say, bringing Christianity to a group of people who did not know the Gospel.  You would think he would be more honored.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2007, 09:59:48 PM »

it's interesting to see an EO icon of St. Mina, quite different from some of our depictions:

http://www.traditionaliconography.com/gallery/SaintMenasonHorse.html

Who did St. Conan evangelize to?  I must admit my ignorance on this saint.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2007, 11:20:48 PM »

The Isle of Man.  I think it is an island north of Scotland.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2007, 05:51:50 PM »

It's actually between Britain and Ireland. You can see it here on Google Maps.
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2007, 08:53:50 PM »

Cool. Thanks!

I think it's where Manx cats come from.
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2007, 09:33:18 PM »

Ouch!  I like my friend, but not quite that much.   Smiley 

Lol!  Grin I was expecting a reaction like that.

If I find anything else, though, I'll post here.
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2007, 06:10:32 AM »

I shall have to be a little flippant: I stumbled upon this thread with a Manowar song of blood and steel (and more cheese) playing from my speakers.  You can imagine the picture the title of this thread suddenly conjured up in my mind.  Did St. Conan have maybe a great set of pipes like Eric Adams to send hordes of pagans to flight with bloodcurdling screams?
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2007, 06:24:32 AM »


St. Conan (Conon) of Iona, Bishop    26 January
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Died on the Isle of Man, c. 648. We know that Conan actually lived, but everything else is uncertain. He was probably from Scotland or Ireland, where he is said to have been a model of piety from his infancy. He may have taught Saint Fiacre (f.d. September 1) during the latter's childhood (according to some "vitae" of Fiacre). He apparently lived and worked in the Hebrides, Scotland, and the Isle of Man, where he finished the evangelization of the people begun by Saint Patrick, because various places bear his name. He was probably consecrated bishop of the Isle of Man, where he is venerated as the first bishop of Sodor, which, anachronistically, is a Viking term denoting 'southern islands' as distinct from the Shetlands and Orkneys, which were 'northern islands.'

The veneration of Saint Conan throughout the Hebrides continued after the destruction wrought by the Reformation

Troparion of St Conan tone 1
We celebrate thy radiant memory,/ all honourable Hierarch Conan,/ consolation of the afflicted, teacher of the true faith/ and shepherd of souls on the Isle of Man./ Pray for our efforts, feeble as they are,/ and save our souls.

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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2007, 06:32:23 AM »

If there is one person in the universe who can tell you with certainty if an icon of Saint Conan exists it is Fr Deacon Andrew Bond at the Saint George Orthodox Information Service in the UK.

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http://www.sgois.co.uk

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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2007, 06:43:23 PM »

Orthodoxiconsonline.com
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2007, 10:43:58 PM »

Alexander,

Could you tell us something about the site you've mentioned? Several of us are a bit wary of visiting sites without knowing something about them first.

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2007, 11:34:14 PM »

Orthodoxiconsonline.com
There is no icon of St. Conan on here so why did you post this link?
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2007, 11:50:35 PM »

I think Alexander suggested the link as a place where I could possibly have an icon hand painted.  However, I don't really want to spend that much money.  Thank you, Alexander, for offering some help.   Smiley

I e-mailed the father deacon referred to by Irish Hermit.  We'll see if he can come up with anything. 

Thank you everyone for your help.   Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2007, 01:22:58 AM »

Sorry.  I keep imagining St. Conan slaying a giant snake and wearing the jeweled crown of Acquelonia on a troubled brow. Grin

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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2007, 08:31:26 AM »

Sorry.  I keep imagining St. Conan slaying a giant snake and wearing the jeweled crown of Acquelonia on a troubled brow. Grin

 laugh laugh laugh

And mightily thewed he'd be. 

Re rarity of his icon: well, Man is a smallish island so he may not be that well known. (and it could be that people mostly think of R.E. Howard when they hear "Conan"   Wink  ) And the general use of icons was not part of the British Isles Christian practice I'm thinking.

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« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2007, 12:54:36 PM »

This is so depressing.  The Father Deacon recommended by Irish Hermit got back to me and said he doesn't have an icon of St. Conan and that St. Conan is not even on the icon of All Saints of Britain.  He did give me information on where I could have an icon commissioned. 

If I were St. Conan, I'd be feeling a bit neglected right now.   Sad
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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2007, 11:12:34 PM »

This is so depressing.  The Father Deacon recommended by Irish Hermit got back to me and said he doesn't have an icon of St. Conan and that St. Conan is not even on the icon of All Saints of Britain.  He did give me information on where I could have an icon commissioned. 

If I were St. Conan, I'd be feeling a bit neglected right now.   Sad

If I was St. Conan, I'd say "Well gee, thanks a lot Salpy.  Now I have to sit here answering people's need for intercessions...geez!"  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2007, 11:22:55 PM »

Hello,

HA! Am I the only one who saw the title and thought - when did they canonize Conan the Barbarian?  laugh


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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2007, 11:27:28 PM »


Another suggestion......

Here is a website for a beautiful church dedicated to Saint Conan.

http://www.toadholidays.co.uk/html/saint_conan_s.html

It happens quite frequently in the UK that an Anglican parish will commission an Orthodox iconographer (such as Leon Liddament, see above) to paint an icon of their patron Saint.  Generally therse icons are not known about outside the parish itself.

You'll need to hunt down an address for the church, or simply try sending it to:

The Vicar
Saint Conan's church
Loch Awe
Argyll and Bute
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2007, 11:42:21 PM »

This is so depressing.  The Father Deacon recommended by Irish Hermit got back to me and said he doesn't have an icon of St. Conan and that St. Conan is not even on the icon of All Saints of Britain.  He did give me information on where I could have an icon commissioned. 

If I were St. Conan, I'd be feeling a bit neglected right now.   Sad
Fear not!  There are about 15,000 pre-schism Irish Saints.  It's going to take a while to paint icons of them all.  Smiley

Now that the Church of Russia has instituted a feast for them all on the Third Sunday after Pentecost -All Saints of Great Britain and Ireland- and is returning them to the Church Calendar we will see more and more icons being painted.
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« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2007, 02:15:23 AM »

If I was St. Conan, I'd say "Well gee, thanks a lot Salpy.  Now I have to sit here answering people's need for intercessions...geez!"  Grin

I never thought of it that way.  I guess if an icon of him is ever found or commissioned because of what I have written here, I'll be responsible for disturbing the saint's peaceful rest in Paradise.   Grin
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« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2007, 02:19:20 AM »

when did they canonize Conan the Barbarian?  laugh

I was waiting for this.  My friend and I both live in California and we've had quite enough of the Barbarian.  No icons of the governator, please.   Wink


Irish Hermit:

Thank you for all your help.  I'm bookmarking the church's site and I'll try to contact them.  Who knows, maybe that will lead to something.
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