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Icon of Christ's First Steps
« on: March 16, 2009, 07:24:44 AM »
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 07:27:05 PM »
Thanks for sharing! That is really cool.

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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 08:21:05 PM »
Thanks for posting this icon, ozgeorge! I like it too-it's very touching.
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 10:15:40 PM »
That's beautiful. Thanks George.
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009, 10:20:29 PM »
Love it!

Now I'm waiting for armchair canonists to post their objections ;)
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 10:25:21 PM »
It's very touching.  Who wrote it?  Where is it from? 
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009, 10:45:09 PM »
Who wrote it?  Where is it from? 
I actually don't know. I stumbled across it in a Greek language Orthodox forum. I will ask there.
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009, 10:52:25 PM »
What a wonderful find.  Thank you.
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 11:34:30 PM »
Love it!  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 11:39:58 PM »
Thank you Ozgeorge,

This icon reminds me of an article I saved from 1996, here's an excerpt:

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Her relationship with Christ was a unique relationship, something that no one else can have.  It gives her a unique place in salvation history.  Until the coming of the Archangel Gabriel to the dwelling in Nazareth, the people of God would make pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem, to worship God who was present there, and to revere the very stones of the temple.  Yet at a moment in time, in an obscure Palestinian village, in a young virgin, that temple became passe and irrelevant.  She became the temple, and it is for that reason that we venerate her.  She became the temple, a unique thing that gives her a unique position in our salvation.  It was from her blood that God took blood, blood that would become the fountain for our immortal life.  It was of her flesh that God took flesh, the flesh that is now offered to us as the food of immortality.

Who but Mary breast-fed Him who feeds all creation?  Who but Mary carried in her arms as mother Him who sustains and upholds all the universe?  It was Mary who upheld God, the Creator of all things visible and invisible, as He took His first steps on this earth.  She offered her little finger for a tiny hand to grasp.  When the child Jesus, as He must have done, scraped His knee or was hurt by some unkind words of a playmate, and wept and came running to mother, it was Mary who kissed the wound and made it feel better, or took Him in her arms and assured Him that the unkind words and the sadness which He felt would pass, that everything would be alright.  She brought comfort to God.  And when God wept, when Jesus wept, it was His mother, like every mother, who wiped away His tears.  Mary wiped away the tears from the face of God.
from Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing, bishop Basil (Essey) The Handmaiden, A Journal for Women Serving God within the Orthodox Tradition, Vol. 1 No. 1
"The Unity of the Church, as Your Holinesses well know it, is the will of God and ought to be an inspiring example to all men. It should always be a help and not a hindrance to the unity of men of different religions."-Emperor Haile Selassie To the Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches 1965

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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2009, 01:38:56 AM »
Who wrote it?  Where is it from? 
I actually don't know. I stumbled across it in a Greek language Orthodox forum. I will ask there.
The answer just came back.
The Icon was written in the Holy Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery Of Leimonos on the Greek Island of Lesvos. http://84.205.233.134/history_en.php
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2009, 02:28:50 AM »
Wow, the Internet has provided another gem of the Orthodox faith.  Incredible!!

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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 09:43:47 AM »
I find this very touching.  Thank you, George.  :)  (Might just be the mommy hormones on overdrive, but still... brings a tear to my eye.)
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Re: Icon of Christ's First Steps
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2009, 02:05:26 AM »
What a beautiful Icon. .Thank you, George.