|—||St. Augustine (via kvtes)|
|—||Saint John of Damascus (via heroinscarlet)|
|—||Isaiah 40:8 KJV (via love-laughter-faith)|
|—||St. John Chrysostom (via heroinscarlet)|
Today, the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke celebrates. As well as being an ardent follower of Christ through the Apostle Paul and writing two books of the New Testament (The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), he was also a doctor as well as an iconographer. According to tradition, st. Luke painted the first icons of the Most Holy Theotokos, one of them being the Hodegetria (as shown in this icon) and adding up to around 600 in number. O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede for us +
|—||St. Thalassios the Libyan (via stkatherine)|
Today we celebrate the Seventh Ecumenical Council, held in Nicea, which dealt with the veneration of icons and fought against heretical iconoclasts. Leading this council was Holy Empress and Saint Irene. May all the Holy Fathers and Saint Irene intercede for us always +
Understanding patterns in the history of the Old Testament helps us understand the way that typology spills out into Church History. The fundamental pattern that one must understand in order to perceive the shape of Church history is the exodus pattern. So:
1. Exodus. The people are liberated.
2. There is a battle with an unexpected enemy, the Amalekites. In Genesis, the Amalekites are a mixture of two peoples- one descended from Abraham and one not. This is important, as in the history of the Church, her two enemies are heretics and pagans.
Children’s icon stand or analogion Per Kevin Basil Fritts: This photo is from St Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The child-sized analogion was built by the rector, Fr. Stephen Freeman.