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« on: January 26, 2009, 02:28:21 PM »

I came across some extra money and was looking to buy some more icons of the saints. What saints in your opinions are must-haves in the icon corner (besides my patron)?
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 02:59:22 PM »

1,Three Protectors
2, Seven Sleepers
3,Three Hierarchs (or Three new Hierarchs )
4,St. Christophoros
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 03:46:45 PM »

Who are Three Protectors, Three New Hierarchs and Seven Sleepers? I've never heard such titles.

In Slavic tradition icons of Protection of the Theothokos are very popular as well as icons of Saints: Nicholas, Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Michael the Archangel, George the Victorious, Peter and Paul, Mary of Magdala, Mary of Egypt, prophet Elijah, Seraphim of Sarov...
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009, 03:47:15 PM »

My protestant roots betray me- who are the 7 sleepers?
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009, 04:03:52 PM »

Three Protectors=Archangelos Michael the Taxiarches;St.Demetrios the Myroblytes;St.Georgios the Tropaiophoros;

Seven Sleepers=Seven Holy Children of Ephesus

Three new Hierarchs =St.Photios the great;St.Gregorios Palamas;St.Markos Eugenikos
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 04:49:06 PM »

I came across some extra money and was looking to buy some more icons of the saints. What saints in your opinions are must-haves in the icon corner (besides my patron)?

A Cross, Christ, Theotokos, St. John the Baptist (a Deisis is nice), Pascha, the Twelve Feasts, St. Nicholas (I'm not so much into him, although I know the Church is).  Maybe the patron of your parish, or diocese/jurisdiction, an All Saints of your country.  Patron of your profession, or some other saint you are close to for whatever reason (I know those who have icons from healings they believe they received by the interecession of certain saints).  We have icons of St. John of San Francisco just because we were privledged to venerate his relics where we got the icons, and I like his life story.
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 04:53:02 PM »

My protestant roots betray me- who are the 7 sleepers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_sleepers

I've had the privelege to venerate the cave, but I can't fathom why they would be on a "must have" list of icons.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009, 06:24:41 PM »

My protestant roots betray me- who are the 7 sleepers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_sleepers

I've had the privelege to venerate the cave, but I can't fathom why they would be on a "must have" list of icons.

I've been there too!
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2009, 06:28:08 PM »

Right now, I have my patron St. Samonas the holy martyr, Guardian Angel, St. John the Forerunner, St. Seraphim of Sarov, Fr. Seraphim Rose, and St. Cecilia. I just ordered the Twelve Apostles, Synaxis of the Archangels, St. NIcholas, the Three Hierarchs, St. Gregory Palamas, and St. Herman of Alaska.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2009, 06:29:26 PM »

SamKim,

Just remember that St. Seraphim of Sarov took with him only an icon of the Theotokos during his sojourn in the wilderness and that was all he considered essential.  Don't rack your brain as to what is necessary.  As long as you are not of the opinion that icons are bad, their absence or their presence in your home depends on your own spiritual capacities.  Remember icons are to be venerated and honoured.  What good is it to have all these icons if you don't venerate all of them?  They cease to be icons and only works of art.  I know you're not falling into this trap--it just helps to be reminded.   Grin

But if you want my two cents, an icon of St. John of Damascus will never steer you wrong (I'm not biased because he is my patron saint or anything!) Wink
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2009, 06:31:12 PM »

My protestant roots betray me- who are the 7 sleepers?

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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2009, 10:13:33 PM »

How about the twelve great feasts of the Church?
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2009, 02:24:39 PM »

I'm new to this myself but I wouldn't say that there are any you 'must have' other than Christ, the Cross and the Theokotos. I personally also have:

The Hospitality of Abraham, St Ann mother of the Theokotos, St Michael Archangel and St Gabriel Archangel for purely devotional reasons.

St George patron of England because I am English.

St Ignatius of Antioch, St Augustine of Hippo and St John the Theologian because I study Theology at university and find their writings particularly useful and inspiring.

I'd say follow your heart, buy Icons of holy men and women who have particularly inspired you. If they will aid you in your prayer and if when you look upon them you will be inspired to draw closer to our Lord and to live out his Gospel as best you can then they are the right Icons for you.
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2009, 05:09:29 AM »

In addition to what others have said, in your kitchen you should have the Mystical Supper and St. Euphresynos the Cook.
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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2009, 11:15:49 AM »

St. Stephen, the first martyr.
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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009, 05:50:32 PM »

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In Slavic tradition icons of Protection of the Theothokos are very popular as well as icons of Saints: Nicholas, Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Michael the Archangel, George the Victorious, Peter and Paul, Mary of Magdala, Mary of Egypt, prophet Elijah, Seraphim of Sarov.

You forgot St. Paraskevia.  Very important.

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St Ignatius of Antioch, St Augustine of Hippo and St John the Theologian because I study Theology at university and find their writings particularly useful and inspiring.

What about the patron saint of students St. Tatiana.  In the Eastern Slavic tradition a moleben is sung to her at the beginning of the school year.
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2009, 07:56:11 PM »

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St Ignatius of Antioch, St Augustine of Hippo and St John the Theologian because I study Theology at university and find their writings particularly useful and inspiring.

What about the patron saint of students St. Tatiana.  In the Eastern Slavic tradition a moleben is sung to her at the beginning of the school year.

I've never heard of St Tatiana. I'm still very new to Orthodoxy and in Catholicism the patron saint of students is Thomas Aquinas. I've personally never really appreciated his work, it just doesn't speak to me on a spiritual level, so I don't have his Icon. I'll have a look into St Tatiana - thank you
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2009, 02:11:29 AM »

Another saint who is invoked for help in study is St John of Kronstadt.

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Thomas Aquinas is not recognised as a saint by the Orthodox Church.
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2009, 08:02:50 AM »

Another saint who is invoked for help in study is St John of Kronstadt.

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I've personally never really appreciated his work, it just doesn't speak to me on a spiritual level, so I don't have his Icon.


Thomas Aquinas is not recognised as a saint by the Orthodox Church.

I am aware. However I've had my Icons for years and I've only been looking into Orthodoxy for the last few months. Catholics (occasionally) use Icons as well and I've always had a leaning towards the east.
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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2009, 10:37:08 AM »

I've never made a list of my icons before but your question has inspired me....


Our Saviour
His holy Mother (Kazan)
Saint Nicholas of Myra
Saint Ambrose of Milan
Saint Ambrose of Optina
Saint Seraphim of Sarov
Saint Nil Sorsky
Saint Sava of Serbia
Saint Paraskeva of Serbia
Saint Basil of Ostrog
Saint Patrick of Ireland
Saint Brigid of Kildare
Saint Kevin of Glendalough
Saint Xenia of Petersburg
Saint Dorothea of Caesaria
Saint John Maximovitch
Saint Anthony the Roman

It seems a lot but they all fit into a fairly small space since they are all tight up against one another.

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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2009, 10:33:35 PM »

For me personally, I would say St. Martin of Tours would be an essential icon (along with St. Ambrose of Milan and St. Hilary of Poitiers).  Especially a version (which I would love) like this one:  http://flickr.com/photos/78953420@N00/2968448591
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2009, 11:51:56 PM »

Jesus*, Mary*, Old-Man Trinity** and St Michael.

*1800s Russian originals.

**Big early-1900s Russian holy card mounted on wood.
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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2009, 06:32:33 PM »

For me personally, I would say St. Martin of Tours would be an essential icon

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1914521&id=659516457


Here is a rather special icon of Saint Martin:
http://www.forum-orthodoxe.com/images/stmartindetours.jpg

Painted in the monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai in the 12th
century.

It represents three Saints venerated in the Patriarchate of
Jerusalem - Saint Paul, Saint James the brother of the Lord, Saint Stephen
the Protomartyr.

And another three Saints of the West - Saint Laurence the
Archdeacon who was born in Spain and martyred in Rome, Saint Martin the
Merciful of Tours and Saint Leonard a hermit of Noblat in the Haute-Vienne
(also known as the Liberator)

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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2009, 08:04:35 PM »

For me personally, I would say St. Martin of Tours would be an essential icon

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1914521&id=659516457


Here is a rather special icon of Saint Martin:
http://www.forum-orthodoxe.com/images/stmartindetours.jpg

Painted in the monastery of Saint Catherine on Mount Sinai in the 12th
century.

It represents three Saints venerated in the Patriarchate of
Jerusalem - Saint Paul, Saint James the brother of the Lord, Saint Stephen
the Protomartyr.

And another three Saints of the West - Saint Laurence the
Archdeacon who was born in Spain and martyred in Rome, Saint Martin the
Merciful of Tours and Saint Leonard a hermit of Noblat in the Haute-Vienne
(also known as the Liberator)



Thank you so much, Father!  My family surname is derived from "Sanctus Laurentius" so he has been our patron saint for generations.
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2009, 08:21:13 PM »

For me, this icon says everything about Orthodoxy:  The glory of the Lord in power, brilliance, and majesty, as well as pointing toward our own deification:

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