Author Topic: essential icons  (Read 3321 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline samkim

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 735
essential icons
« 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)?
주 예수 그리스도 하느님의 아들이시여 저 이 죄인을 불쌍히 여기소서.

Offline Elpidophoros

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 292
Re: essential icons
« 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

Offline mike

  • The Jerk
  • Stratopedarches
  • **************
  • Posts: 22,134
  • Scarecrow is watching you
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Makurian Orthodox
Re: essential icons
« 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...
« Last Edit: January 26, 2009, 04:16:07 PM by mike »

Offline ironsiderodger

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 109
  • St Eudocia- still in progress.
Re: essential icons
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009, 03:47:15 PM »
My protestant roots betray me- who are the 7 sleepers?

Offline Elpidophoros

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 292
Re: essential icons
« 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
« Last Edit: January 26, 2009, 04:27:27 PM by Elpidophoros »

Offline ialmisry

  • There's nothing John of Damascus can't answer
  • Hypatos
  • *****************
  • Posts: 38,761
Re: essential icons
« 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.
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

Offline ialmisry

  • There's nothing John of Damascus can't answer
  • Hypatos
  • *****************
  • Posts: 38,761
Re: essential icons
« 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.
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

Offline samkim

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 735
Re: essential icons
« 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!
주 예수 그리스도 하느님의 아들이시여 저 이 죄인을 불쌍히 여기소서.

Offline samkim

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 735
Re: essential icons
« 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.
« Last Edit: January 26, 2009, 06:28:59 PM by samkim »
주 예수 그리스도 하느님의 아들이시여 저 이 죄인을 불쌍히 여기소서.

Offline scamandrius

  • Crusher of Secrets; House Lannister
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 6,536
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek in exile
Re: essential icons
« 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.   ;D

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!) ;)
I seek the truth by which no man was ever harmed--Marcus Aurelius

Those who do not read  history are doomed to get their facts from Hollywood--Anonymous

What earthly joy remains untouched by grief?--St. John Damascene

Offline Quinault

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,518
  • What about frogs? I like frogs!
Re: essential icons
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2009, 06:31:12 PM »
My protestant roots betray me- who are the 7 sleepers?

I googled it :D

Offline wynd

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 504
  • Transfiguration
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: OCA
Re: essential icons
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2009, 10:13:33 PM »
How about the twelve great feasts of the Church?

Offline Jonny

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 88
  • Presently in the Roman Catholic Communion
Re: essential icons
« 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.

Offline ytterbiumanalyst

  • Professor Emeritus, CSA
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,790
Re: essential icons
« 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.
"It is remarkable that what we call the world...in what professes to be true...will allow in one man no blemishes, and in another no virtue."--Charles Dickens

Offline SolEX01

  • Toumarches
  • ************
  • Posts: 12,277
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Metropolis of New Jersey
Re: essential icons
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2009, 11:15:49 AM »
St. Stephen, the first martyr.

Offline Orest

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,043
Re: essential icons
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009, 05:50:32 PM »
Quote
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.

Quote
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.

Offline Jonny

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 88
  • Presently in the Roman Catholic Communion
Re: essential icons
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2009, 07:56:11 PM »
Quote
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

Offline LBK

  • No Reporting Allowed
  • Toumarches
  • ************
  • Posts: 12,247
  • Holy Father Patrick, pray for us!
  • Faith: Orthodox
Re: essential icons
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2009, 02:11:29 AM »
Another saint who is invoked for help in study is St John of Kronstadt.

Quote
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.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2009, 02:13:22 AM by LBK »
No longer posting here. Anyone is welcome to PM me or email me at the address in my profile.

Offline Jonny

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 88
  • Presently in the Roman Catholic Communion
Re: essential icons
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2009, 08:02:50 AM »
Another saint who is invoked for help in study is St John of Kronstadt.

Quote
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.

Offline Irish Hermit

  • Kibernetski Kaludjer
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,991
  • Holy Father Patrick, pray for us
Re: essential icons
« 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.


Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: essential icons
« 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
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline The young fogey

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,846
  • I'm an alpaca, actually
    • A conservative blog for peace
Re: essential icons
« 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.
"You always were a historically illiterate jerk, John." - OicwR doyen Stuart Koehl

High-church libertarian
Blog

Offline Irish Hermit

  • Kibernetski Kaludjer
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,991
  • Holy Father Patrick, pray for us
Re: essential icons
« 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)

« Last Edit: February 08, 2009, 06:33:36 PM by Irish Hermit »

Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: essential icons
« 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.
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline Alveus Lacuna

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,023
Re: essential icons
« 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:

« Last Edit: February 08, 2009, 08:21:26 PM by Alveus Lacuna »