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The Icon

Orthodox Documentary Iconology Iconography Mystery of Icons Christian Art Encounter with God Theosis Serbian Orthodox

00:00:00 Part 1 Holy Images
00:27:12 Part 2 Canons and Freedom
01:00:00 Part 3 Image of God?
01:30:00 Part 4 Struggle for Icons
02:00:00 Part 5 Types of Icons
02:30:00 Part 6 Power of the Name
03:00:00 Part 7 Teaching and Exaltation

A pilgrim's way

‘On a journey in search of faith and the truth of my heart, I go on a pilgrimage from Canada to Romania, Eastern Europe, to visit the world of Orthodox Christianity, to ask questions about the roots of our religious and philosophical heritage and find out if Christianity still has a living spiritual dimension. The journey takes me to Bucharest to meet people with spiritual insights into the meaning of Christ’s teachings. I go to Putna Monastery, near the Ukrainian border for immersion into monastic life, then on to visit some of the greatest elders of the church and I hear first hand where the Christian path can lead me.’

Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox

Eastern Christianity is a broad term that encompasses the Christian traditions found in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Asia Minor, Africa, the Middle East and parts of the Far East. All Christian traditions that did not develop in Western Europe are thus considered to be part of Eastern Christianity, however the term does not denote any single tradition or church. Two of the largest Eastern Christian communions are the Oriental Orthodoxy and the Eastern Orthodox Church. While sharing some beliefs, these two churches disagree at some point on fundamental issues of theology.

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St Silouan, the Athonite

Saint Silouan was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk in Russia’s Tambov region. At the age of twenty-seven he left his native Russia and came to Mount Athos, where he became a monk at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon and was given the name Silouan, the Russian version of the Biblical name Silvanus. An ardent ascetic, he received the grace of unceasing prayer and saw Christ in a vision. After long years of spiritual trial, he acquired great humility and inner stillness. He prayed and wept for the whole world as for himself, and he put the highest value on love for enemies. Thomas Merton, a twentieth-century Catholic monk, described Silouan as “the most authentic monk of the twentieth century.” St Silouan died on September 24, 1938. He was glorified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1987. Though barely literate, he was sought out by pilgrims for his wise counsel. His writings were edited by his disciple and pupil, Archimandrite Sophrony. Father Sophrony has written the life of the saint along with a record of St. Silouan’s teachings in the book Saint Silouan the Athonite.

st nicholas the wonderworker

As a faithful bishop/shepherd, St. Nicholas was revered as a saint even before his death because of his great holiness and tender care of his flock. After the Blessed Mother and St. John the Forerunner (Baptist), Nicholas was the most revered saint in the early church. He is most honored in the East, especially in Russia. Throughout the world many churches are named for him—more than for any other saint. His ministry continues to this day as a powerful intercessor for the protection and advancement of the Church.

St Seraphim of Sarov

Synaxarion: Saint Seraphim of Sarov was born in Kursk in the eighteenth century. After being saved from death by our Lady the Theotokos, he was tonsured a monk and by his intense spiritual labours attained to such a height of perfection that he is considered to be one of the greatest saints of the eighteenth century.

st basil the great

Our father among the saints Basil the Great (ca. 330 – January 1, 379), was bishop of Caesarea, a leading churchman in the 4th century, known especially for his philanthropic labors. The Church considers him a saint and one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Saints Gregory the Theologian (Gregory Nazianzus) and John Chrysostom. Basil, Gregory the Theologian, and Basil’s brother Saint Gregory of Nyssa are called the Cappadocian Fathers. The Roman Catholic Church also considers him a saint and calls him a Doctor of the Church. Basil’s memory is celebrated on January 1; he is also remembered on January 30 with the Three Holy Hierarchs. In Greek tradition, he is supposed to visit children and give presents every January 1. This festival is also marked by the baking of Saint Basil’s bread (Gr. Vasilópita), a sweet bread with a coin hidden inside.

St Ephrem the Syrian

Ephrem is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church, and counted as a Venerable Father (i.e., a sainted Monk) in the Eastern Orthodox Church. His feast day is celebrated on 28 January and on the Saturday of the Venerable Fathers. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in the Catholic Church in 1920. Ephrem wrote a wide variety of hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose exegesis. These were works of practical theology for the edification of the Church in troubled times. So popular were his works, that, for centuries after his death, Christian authors wrote hundreds of pseudepigraphal works in his name. He has been called the most significant of all of the fathers of the Syriac-speaking church tradition.

St John Chrysostom

Our father among the saints John Chrysostom (347-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was a notable Christian bishop and preacher from the fourth and fifth centuries in Syria and Constantinople. He is famous for his eloquence in public speaking, his philanthropy, his denunciation of abuse of authority in the Church and in the Roman Empire of the time, and for a Divine Liturgy attributed to him. He had notable ascetic sensibilities. After his death he was named Chrysostom, which comes from the Greek Χρυσόστομος, “golden-mouthed.” The Orthodox Church honors him as a saint (feast day, November 13) and counts him among the Three Holy Hierarchs (feast day, January 30), together with Saints Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian. Another feast day associated with him is January 27, which commemorates the event in 437, thirty years after the saint’s repose, when his relics were brought back to Constantinople from the place of his death. 

ST Paisios the Athonite

 Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (Greek: Ὅσιος Παΐσιος ὁ Ἁγιορείτης), born Arsenios Eznepidis (1924–1994), was a well-known Greek Eastern Orthodox ascetic from Mount Athos, who originated from Pharasa, Cappadocia. He was respected for his spiritual guidance and ascetic life and many people worldwide highly venerate Elder Paisios, especially in Greece and in Russia. Venerable Elder Paisios was canonized on 13 January 2015 by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the church commemorates his feast day on July 12.

st anthony the great

Our venerable and God-bearing Father Saint Anthony the Great was born in to a wealthy family in upper Egypt about 254 AD. Also known as Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert, and Anthony the Anchorite, he was a leader among the Desert Fathers, who were Christian monks in the Egyptian desert in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.

St Porphyrios

Saint Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) the Kapsokalyvite (7 February 1906 – 2 December 1991) was an Athonite hieromonk known for his gifts of spiritual discernment, a type of clairvoyance which he sometimes called “spiritual television.”

St Spyridon the Wonderworker

Our father among the saints Spyridon of Trimythous the Wonderworker was a fourth century bishop who was present at the First Ecumenical Council. He is also commonly referred to in Corfu as Keeper of the City, since he is also the patron saint of that island (this is where his relics are located and venerated). He is commemorated by the church on December 12. Spyridon was born in the village of Ashia (askia – “without shade”), Cyprus (270 AD) and died in Trimythous, Cyprus (348 AD). He was a peasant farmer and shepherd and was not educated. Spyridon was married and had a daughter, Irene. After his wife died, he and his daughter both entered into monasticism. He later became the Bishop of Trimythous (during the reign of Constantine the Great) and continued in piety for which he was greatly known. He is the patron saint of potters (from the miracle of the potsherd).

St Athanasius of Alexandria

He was born to pagan parents. When he was in school he saw a group of Christians acting out services and when he asked to join them, they refused. From then on he declared himself Christian. The patriarch at that time, Pope Alexander, predicted that he would eventually hold a great position. Before reaching the age of 20, Athanasius wrote a treatise entitled On the Incarnation, affirming and explaining that Jesus Christ was both God and Man. In about 319, when Athanasius was a deacon, a presbyter named Arius began teaching that there was a time before God the Father begat Jesus when the latter did not exist. Athanasius responded that the Father’s begetting of the Son, or uttering of the Word, was an eternal relationship between them, not an event that took place within time. Thus began catholic Christianity’s fight against the heresy of Arianism.

St Cosmas of Aetolia

Cosmas of Aetolia, sometimes Kosmas of Aetolia or Cosmas/Kosmas the Aetolian or Patrokosmas “Father Cosmas” (Greek: Κοσμάς Αιτωλός, Kosmas Etolos; born between 1700 and 1714 – died 1779), was a monk in the Greek Orthodox Church. He attended public schools, but was tutored by an archdeacon. He taught and then attended a school on Mt. Athos. He became a monk and later a priest at Philotheou Monastery where he remained for two years. After a time, he felt a calling to do missionary work in Greece, especially in the remote areas where there was a lack of churches and priests for the many unbaptized adults. As an aftermath of four centuries of Turkish oppression in Greece, Kosmas received the patriarchal blessing in 1759 to travel wherever needed, for however long, with complete independence, to breathe life back into Christianity in Greece. Saint Cosmas, the “Equal to the Apostles,” was officially proclaimed a Saint by the Orthodox Church of Constantinople on 20 April 1961. His feast day is celebrated on 24 August, the date of his martyrdom.

St John of Shanghai and San Francisco

St John was an Orthodox bishop, known for his service to people with mental illness. He spared no pains to serve his neighbor, dedicating himself completely to comforting souls of those whom he met in his life. Russian Orthodox Church commemorates his feast day on July 2nd (June 19th old calendar).

St John of Kronstadt

Our righteous father John of Kronstadt (Иоанн Кронштадский; October 19, 1829, in Sura – December 20, 1908, in Kronstadt) was an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was born as Ivan Ilyich Sergiyev (Иван Ильич Сергиев) in 1829. From 1855, he served as a priest in St. Andrew’s cathedral in Kronstadt. Here, he wholly committed himself to charity, especially for those who were remote from the church. He established a factory to provide employment for the poor, and endlessly gave away his money to the needy. traveled extensively throughout the Russian empire. He was a member of the right extremist movement Sojuz Russkogo Naroda (Alliance of the Russian people) but did not commit himself politically. He was already greatly venerated at the time he died. He was glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in 1964 and by the Russian Orthodox Church on June 8, 1990. St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco played an active role in preparation of St. John’s canonization. Many churches around the world and Ioannovsky Convent, the second largest monastery in St. Petersburg (by community size) are dedicated to St. John of Kronstadt.

St Matrona, the wonderworker woman

or the first time in the history of television, the film crew conducted a large-scale journalistic investigation. Selected unique eyewitness accounts, evidence of miracles performed through the prayers of St. Matrona. The results of 9-year work in the archive of Matrona are collected. Some facts are announced for the first time. 

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St Philoumenos, guardian of Jacob's Well

St. Philoumenos was the Igumen of the Orthodox monastery of Jacob’s Well near the city of Samaria, now called Nablus (Neapolis), in the West Bank and was martyred on Nov. 16th,1979. His life is a reminder both that martyrdom for Christ is not of the past from the Roman Empire or Communist times, but is a reality even in our own day. The Lord allows for the creation of martyrs, even during these modern times, and preserves their bodies incorrupt and fragrant, thus declaring to us that He is present in our lives even now performing wondrous works according to His divine will and mercy.

St Dionysios of Zakynthos

Our father among the saints Dionysius of Zakynthos was born in 1547 on the island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea. Before becoming a monk his name was Draganigos Sigouros. He was educated by priests and became fluent in Greek, Italian, and Latin. He excelled in theology, became a monk in 1568, received his first degree of ordination as a priest in 1570 as Daniel; he later became hieromonk of Zakynthos and Strofades. In 1577 he was raised to Archbishop of Aegina and Poros and after a year abdicated from this dignity and settled in Zakynthos as an abbot of a monastery. In December 17, 1622 he fell asleep in the Lord. He had asked to be buried in this monastery and his grave is still to be found in the chapel of St George; a dependent of the monastery. It has been found that his body remains intact and emits a mixed fragrance of flowers and frankincense. Therefore he is venerated, and his sainthood has been proclaimed by the Patriarch of Constantinople. 

St Paisios the Athonite

Trisagion Film’s first video made specifically for children. It’s a story taken from the childhood of St. Paisios the Athonite (known as Arsenios before becoming a monk) when he found himself challenged by a friend who said that Jesus was just a man. Watch to see and hear how young Arsenios responded to such a challenge. Please comment and share this video. We hope to produce more in the future. A special thanks to Newrome Press (www.newromepress.com) for sharing artwork from their book “A Boy’s Journey to Sainthood: St. Paisios the Athonite.”

St Nektarios

St. Nectarios was born on October 1, 1846, in Selymbria in Thrace to a poor family. His given name was Anastasios Cephalas. At the age of 14 he moved to Constantinople (Istanbul) to work and further his education. In 1866 he left to the island of Chios to take a teaching post. He then became a monk at the age of thirty. Three years after becoming a monk he was ordained a deacon, taking the name Nectarios. He graduated from the University of Athens in 1885. During his years as a student of the University of Athens he wrote many books, pamphlets, and Bible commentaries. Following his graduation he went to Alexandria, Egypt, where he was ordained a priest and served the Church of Saint Nicholas in Cairo with great distinction. In recognition of his piety and brilliance as a preacher, as well as his administrative ability, he was consecrated Bishop/Metropolitan of Pentapolis (an ancient diocese in Cyrenaica, in what is now Libya) by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Sophronios in 1889.

St George of Lydda

The monastery is located at Eliyahu Galomb St, Lod, Israel. St. George, the most important soldier-saint in the Christian tradition, was born in Lod (Lydda). His remains are kept in the crypt of the Greek-Orthodox church. The church was first constructed in the Byzantine period, rebuilt by the Crusaders, and rebuilt during the late Ottoman period. St. George church is located in the old section of the modern city of Lod. The church, and the adjacent el-Omari mosque,  are located near Khan Hilu – the ruins of a Ottoman period inn. To the east and north of St. George was the location of the ancient city of Lod/Lydda, but few remains were left. The Biblical city was located further to the northeast, on the south bank of Nahal Ayalon stream. The construction of the present building was completed in 1893. It embedded earlier elements of the Crusaders period fortified church, which protected the road from Jaffa to Jerusalem. The Crusader church was built on the ruins of an earlier Byzantine church.

St Demetrius of Thessaloniki

The holy, glorious and right-victorious Great-martyr (Greek: Μεγαλομάρτυς) Demetrius of Thessaloniki the Myrrh-streamer (Greek Μυροβλήτης) (also Demetrios) is one of the most popular saints in the Orthodox world. He was martyred around the year 306 in Thessalonica, and his cult rapidly grew during the Middle Ages, when he was regarded as the first recognized patron and protector of the city, militarily as well as spiritually. His feast day is celebrated on October 26. The Serbian Orthodox Church commemorates the Saint as a Mitar having a feast of Mitrovan on November 8.

St Nicholas of Japan

St. Nicolas is known as the Enlightener of Japan. After being ordained a priest in Russia, he emigrated to Japan and worked as a young priest at the Russian consulate in Hokodate, Japan. Initially, he had to face the xenophobia and persecution of the Shogunate, but remained faithful in spreading the Gospel. Eventually, as the bishop of the nascent Church in Japan he oversaw a thriving indigenous Orthodox community of more than 4000 converts including a large number of Japanese priests and deacons. He is recognized as a model missionary because he fully immersed himself in Japanese life and learned the language, religion, customs and culture of Japan in his effort to get close to the people. He also translated many scriptural, liturgical, and theological texts into Japanese

St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

Saint Cuthbert was born in Britain about the year 635, and became a monk in his youth at the monastery of Melrose by the River Tweed. After many years of struggle as a true priest of Christ, in the service both of his own brethren and of the neglected Christians of isolated country villages, he became a solitary on Farne Island in 676. After some years as a hermit, he was constrained to leave his quiet to become Bishop of Lindisfarne, in which office he served for almost two years. He returned to his hermitage two months before he reposed in peace in 687. Because of the miracles he wrought both during his life and at his tomb after his death, he is called the “Wonderworker of Britain.”

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Athos

Mount Athos on a peninsula off the cost of Greece is one of Europe’s last remaining secrets: a monks’ republic. Access to women is strictly denied and in order to keep unwanted tourists out, visas are granted only to pilgrims and workers. For the first time, a filmmaker was given access to all forms of monastic life on the holy mountain.

St Catherien Monastery, Sinai

For 16 centuries ancient St.Catherine’s monastery has braved the elements in the harsh Sinai mountains, a tiny Christian island in an Islamic sea, where past ages of Byzantine greatness have been preserved in the world’s finest icon collection and an library surpassed by the great Vatican Library only. As a monk says: “God’s capital on earth must be Sinai, because it is here where he wrote his laws”…This is the place of the Burning Bush, Moses and the Tenm Commandments, the Dance around the Golden Calf and the Ark of the Covenant.

Monastery Of Saint John The Theologian, Patmos

Island of the Apocalypse, of bare rocks and bays, crowned by the grey crenellated walls of a huge, grim monastery. Patmos has 37 monks besides 2000 inhabitants, 600 chapels, and a 100.000 tourists in summer… Still ancient Patmos weathers the onslaught of tourism in many unique ways. The monks, all ‘local boys’, who watch their parents till the soil and brothers sail the seas, carefully guard the integrity of their island and its community, from behind the great cloister walls. As if standing on the bridge of a ship, steering it through the tempest of time.

Valaam, the archipelago of monks

Valaam is, on an island frozen in half the year, the oldest monastery in Russia. In 1940, the monks left to make way for a military base. In 1989, six monks returned to Valaam. Today there are 150 … History of this rebirth, this film is a discovery of life in Valaam and in its hermitages, in the splendor of the liturgies, the holy icons or the patient daily work in search of the Unique Necessary.

Monasteries Of Sucevita-Voronet-Moldovita, Moldavia

Monasteries dating from the 15th and 16th cenrtury are still exceptionally well preserved in Bukovina. Beautiful frescos on their walls represent historic and biblical images. The battle against the Turkish domination is often pictured; probably because the Orthodox Church kept the spirit of the nation alive during the four centuries of Turkish domination. Sucevita, Voronet and Moldovita are three of these rare 15th century monasteries with well-preserved – outside and inside – paintings. The monasteries are inhabited by nuns.

Monastery Holy Trinity St.Sergius Lavra, Zagorsk

It was founded in the 14th century and has always been one of the most important ideological and spiritual centres of Russia; it is the largest monastery in Russia and is the centre of power of the Russian Orthodox Church. The architecture is unique and has baroque, classical and old Russian aspects. The communita consists of 120 monks and the theological academy, which is attached to the monastery, has 700 students. The famous icon painters Andrey Rublev and Maksim The Greek worked here and there is still a famous school for icon painters.

Trifonov Pechengsky monastery

THE BRETHREN is a documentary about the monks of the world’s northernmost monastery — the Trifonov Pechengsky monastery located in Kolsky Peninsula, Russia. It was Russia’s Northern outpost a few centuries ago. Later it was destroyed and abolished, and now it is being restored. The brethren of this monastery is small: 4 hieromonks and 2 monks. They are young, and every one of them has had his personal way to monastic ordination. All their life stories are nontrivial and even paradoxical. They are attempting not only to restore the buildings of the monastery but to build a temple in their hearts. The film features unique footage of inner life of the monastery.

Holy Cross Monastery, Virginia US

“Holy Cross Monastery – a story of survival” is a documentary about the life and difficulties of a small English-speaking Russian Orthodox monastic community in the mountains of West Virginia. The film shows daily life at the monastery and the far-reaching effect this small impoverished community has on the monastery’s neighbors and pilgrims and even the world.

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The Desert fathers

A film about the Coptic Christian desert fathers in Egypt. In the desert of Egypt live to this day Christians hermits in the hot desert. Many live without contact with the outside world for decades, and has done so continuously since 200 years after Christ. The film describes two modern human encounter with these unique monks.

Language: Norweigan
Subtiles: English

Archimandrite Gabriel

Archimandrite Gabriel — an Orthodox monk from the Podlasie province in Poland — is the founder and sole inhabitant of the Kudak grove hermitage by river Narew. During his first few years there, he lived and prayed in a wagon house, without electricity, running water, or contact with the outside world. After five years, thanks to the help of people of Orthodox faith from local villages, the grove saw the rise of a wooden church, a dormitory for monks, and outbuildings. Pilgrims are drawn to the place by archimandrite Gabriel’s personality: he can find common ground with anyone, he grants spiritual advice, heals with herbs, and keeps bees. When necessary, he rolls up his sleeves and works on building the hermitage right alongside everyone else. The archimandrite’s biggest concern is finding a successor. Prospective monks don’t last long in the hermitage, however. They can’t stand the lack of access to civilization, common comforts, and contact with their peers.

Sister

a documantairy about a young hardworking Russian orthodox nun and her every day life

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Russisch Orthodoxe Kerk Groningen 50 jaar

Aan de voorgevel van de Russische-orthodoxe kerk aan de Ganzevoortsingel 2 is goed de vroegere bestemming als pakhuis zichtbaar. Dit voormalige pindapakhuis dateert uit 1896 en bestaat uit vier bouwlagen. Boven de hijsdeurentravee bevindt zich een tuitgevel. Sinds 1988 is dit pakhuis het Godshuis voor de Russische Orthodoxe parochie van de Heilige Transfiguratie te Groningen. Aan de voorgevel zijn drie mozaïeken, afkomstig uit Moskou, aangebracht. Deze korte documentaire is gemaakt te ere van het 50 jaar bestaan van de parochie

Russisch Orthodoxe Kerk Rotterdam

De Rotterdamse parochie werd opgericht door archimandriet Dionysius. Sinds 1936 was Dionysius priester van de kapel van de Heilige Maria Magdalena te ‘s-Gravenhage. In de Tweede Wereldoorlog was de archimandriet Dionissios (Loukine) actief betrokken bij het verzet en huisvestte onderduikers, onder wie een joodse vrouw. Toen bij een inval de verborgen vrouw niet werd ontdekt, schreef hij dit toe aan de werking van een wonderdadig icoon van de Moeder Gods en deed de belofte om na de oorlog een kerk te laten bouwen in Rotterdam en deze te wijden aan het icoon van de Moeder Gods van het Snelle Verhoor.