The Mother of God of Vladimir is one of the most universally beloved Orthodox icons. Through this icon, the Mother of God revealed her Holy Protection over the Russian land. The original icon is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Patriarch Luke Chrysoberges of Constantinople sent the newly made icon as a gift to Grand Duke Yury Dolgoruky of Kiev in about 1131. One of the most exquisite icons ever created, the icon of the Theotokos of Vladimir is sometimes described as exhibiting universal feelings of motherly love and anxiety for her child. The venerated image was used in coronations of tsars, elections of patriarchs, and other important ceremonies of state. Her feast is celebrated on June 3rd (O.S.).
From Sofrino: a triptych icon fronted with ornate Russian crosses, opening into a wonderful classic icon of the Nativity of the Lord. 10" x 7.5" x 1/4"Main icon 5" x 7.5"
The traditional Deisis (Greek: supplication) icon features an image of Christ enthroned, carrying a book, and surrounded on either side by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist. They are shown facing towards Christ...
St. Seraphim of Sarov was a Russian ascetic and wonderworker who lived at the Sarov Monastery in the 18th century. He is one of the most beloved Orthodox saints...