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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax!

I hope that all of our readers enjoyed a blessed Nativity and I wish all of you a joyful and spiritually prosperous New Year.

- Hieromonk Aidan+, a sinner


Alpo said...

Father, bless.

Is there any kind of distinctly Western tradition of iconography among the WR Orthodox? I live in a wrong side of the Earth to participate WR churches but according to pictures I've seen they normally seem to use Byzantine icons but that icon you've posted doesn't seem to be the regular Nativity icon.

Fr. Aidan said...

The Lord bless.

Various styles of iconography prevailed in the West before and after the Schism of Rome in 1054. Some of them were indistinguishable from classical Byzantine iconography, thought most inscriptions on them were in Latin. Others were unique, such as the British style of illuminating manuscripts like the Book of Kells. I suppose the same is true in the East, with 11th c. Byzantine mosaics differing rather widely from the style of Fr. Theodore Jurewiecz of the Russian Church Abroad, and the "Jordanville" school.

The icon posted is actually of post-Schism origin but I chose it because it shows that even for some hundreds of years after the Schism of Rome, Western artisans retained a number of the typological features of classic Byzantine icons.

Also, it sounds like you need a Western rite church wherever you are, to serve the needs of expatriate Westerners.

Happy New Year to you.