First icon

March 20, 2010

We’ve been meaning to purchase a few icons for a while. Today we unexpectedly bought our first icon. At a Presbyterian church yard sale. For $1. How cool is that?!

My husband immediately recognized the icon. It is an icon of the Holy Trinity (apparently it is also referred to as “The Hospitality of Abraham”). The depiction of the Trinity was perplexing to me at first because I know that there is a prohibition of depicting God the Father. In order to portray the Trinity, the icon painter turned to the story of Genesis 18 when three angels visited Abraham. “The Church specifically chose this particular icon because it most fully expresses the dogma of the Holy Trinity: the three angels are depicted in equal dignity, symbolizing the triunity and equality of all three Persons.” (source)

To my fellow Orthodox converts, what was your first icon?

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3 Responses to “First icon”

  1. Randy Makin Says:

    Hey, I found a painted copy of Rublev’s Trinity at a Russian store in a nearby mall a few years ago and was so excited at being able to pick it up. No, it cost more than yours did.

    It is a miniature, but I can see the details even clearer than the above. Of all the icons I have seen so far, it is my favorite. Maybe because the Trinity is so important to me.

  2. Sarah Says:

    A Russian icon of the Pantocrator. Glory to God!


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