Alla Galleria Nazionale di Parma (vedi), ubicata nel farnesiano Palazzo della Pilotta (vedi), tre capitelli romanici raffigurano scene bibliche: la creazione dell’uomo e della donna, la cacciata dal Paradiso, ecc. Una di queste scene rappresenta l’uccisione di Abele da parte di Caino. Caino è in ginocchio sopra la schiena del fratello e lo colpisce alla testa con una pietra.
La composizione è inusuale (per quel che so) e le figure hanno una grande plasticità, trattandosi di sculture del periodo romanico. I capitelli sono attribuiti a Benedetto Antèlami, architetto e scultore vissuto tra XII e XIII secolo (vedi), ed autore, con la sua compagine di lavoratori della pietra, del Battistero di Parma. Ma episodi della Genesi sono rappresentati anche sulla facciata del Duomo di Modena, come sa bene…
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Вести са Грачаничке страже: Понедељак, 21.3.2016.г.
Непрестани протести пред Владом РС и непрестано државно потапање Светиње Грачанице- Једни чекамо да Бог пресуди а други мисле да су масонско-фараонски “богови”…
Вода до крова Грачанице и до грла Православне Србије
Немањићка Чудотворна Светиња Архангела Михаила која се сада скрива од недостојних очију наших… може врло лако и Васкршње изронити ако буде срдачног народног покајања и покајно исповедних дела…
Два бора и купола још се виде од Светиње Архангела- неће бити добро само ако је из сећања избришемо, тј. колико она буде жива у срцима нашим толико ће пре и изронити из воде… мутне воде прљавих антихришћанских власти(и опозиције) данашње системски и подло притајено окупиране Србије…
А на непрестаним свакодневним протестима испред Владе РС Београду, кат-кад и преко дана имамо дивну припомоћ. Увече око 18-19 часова па све до 22.часа имамо већу братску подршку исповедању истине о богохулно потапаној Светињи Архангела Михаила, уништавању изворских…
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“When God became known to us in the flesh, He neither received the passions of human nature, nor did the Virgin Mary suffer pain, nor was the Holy Spirit diminished in any way, nor was the power of the Most High set aside in any manner, and all this was because all was accomplished by the Holy Spirit. thus the power of the Most High was not abased, and the child was born with no damage whatsoever to the mother’s virginity.”
– St. Gregory of Nyssa, Against Eunomius
The Cathedral of Monreale, sitting majestically on a hill overlooking Palermo is not to be missed.
Built in the 12th century, the cathedral and its cloister represent the largest concentration of Norman, Arab and Byzantine art in one building.
We arrive in Piazza Guglielmo where magnificent bronze doors adorn the front of the cathedral.
These bronze doors, made by Bonanno Pisano in 1186 are divided into 42 panels depicting scenes from the Bible.
Walk past the entrance in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele to the street behind the Duomo, to see the intricate stone work on the outside of the apse.
Inside, the mosaics take your breath away.
The gold mosaics that form the background for the figures, shimmer in the light.
The most important figure is the mosaic of Christ located in the central apse over the alter.
The size of the mosaic is deceptive. The figure of Christ is actually…
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The Palatine Chapel in the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo is one site you should not miss.
When the first of the Norman rulers, Roger II came to power, he restored the palace, originally built in the 9th century for the Arab emirs, and built the Palantine Chapel.
Though it was finished in 1140, the decoration of the interior took a lot longer. The fabulous mosaics were finished at varying times. Over the years, and with successive rulers, the chapel has been restored and the mosaics renewed, the latest being the mosaics outside the chapel which are 19th century
Inside, fabulous mosaics, a painted honeycomb wooden roof and marble decoration on the lower walls show the mix of the Arab-Norman-Byzantine style of the 12th century
The large mosaic icons of the central apse and cupola (dome) both represent Christ the Pantocrator
In the main apse, Christ appears above the Virgin Mary…
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Elder Ephraim’s joining ROCOR brought about one of the first translations of his work into English; thus making his teachings available to the English-speaking world of the West. Though the translation was done by someone who doesn’t speak English as their first language, this book was a best seller.
One can find a free pdf copy of this classic here:
In 1991, the year Elder Ephraim joined ROCOR, A Call From the Holy Mountain was translated into English by St. Sarov Press, Blanco, TX (this Monastery would later shut down due to a huge sex scandal; the abbot later committed suicide in jail). The first page states, “Printed with the blessing of His Grace Bishop HILARION, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.”
The original text is a 1974 publication which the Elder wrote shortly after transplanting his synodeia to Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos. It was written as an invitation for people…
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NOTE: According to Robert W. Allison, who is responsible for the The Philotheou Monastery Project, “Out of deference to the wishes of the Holy Fathers of Philotheou Monastery, the publication of research work related to the monastery and under the Monastery’s name has been removed from the World Wide Web. The Monastery continues to support the project, and together we look forward to publication of much of this work in the near future. I, personally, am understanding of their wishes, and deeply appreciative of their long support for this work.” http://abacus.bates.edu/~rallison/ This may be the reason that not too much current, up-to-date information on Philotheou can be found on the internet. This article is from February 4, 2012:
“It is true that along with the general crisis afflicting our Greece—and this especially worries us—a great sadness additionally flooded our hearts when we learned about the injustice against the Reverend…
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NOTE: The following article is taken from the Local section of the Tucson Citizen, Jan 15, 2007.
FLORENCE – Just before the monk climbed the stairs to ring the 4 p.m. bells, Anastasia Lagos waited below the tower.
In the presence of men who have committed their lives to Greek Orthodox monasticism, Lagos tied a babushka under her chin and wore a long skirt. There must not be any distractions.
The 27-year-old was on a pilgrimage.
She had traveled from her homeland, Greece, to reflect and pray at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. Its domed chapels and bell towers rise above the saguaro-studded desert in Florence, a town perhaps best known for its prison complex.
The middle of the desert may seem an unlikely place for a…
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