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Price: $14.95


Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing


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2020 Icon Calendar : Icons of Christ our Lord

The 2020 Icon Calendar features Icons of Christ our Lord

  • 11" X 12" full-color calendar features large calendar boxes (1-3/8" X 1-3/4") for recording your important date reminders
  • Major saints and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed
  • There are two 11" X 12" pages for each month, with a large size icon image on the top page, and a calendar page below
  • A hole is drilled at the top of the calendar, so that it is easy to hang on your wall

Note: This calendar uses dates according to the new calendar (the standard calendar used by secular government, also known as the "Gregorian" calendar). For a Julian (or "old calendar") edition, see Item No. 006048


About the Calendar Dates

The feast days shown on this calendar in bold, blue type are the twelve great feast days of the Orthodox Church. Other feast days of some of the most popularly venerated saints of the Orthodox Churches around the world are listed in black, regular type. Dates are listed according to the Gregorian or “new” calendar. (Note: A different version of this calendar is available which makes use of the Julian or “old” calendar dates.)

Many days throughout the Orthodox church year are designated as fast days (on which we refrain from eating meat products, milk products, fish, wine, and oil). These fast days, marked in red type, include the four canonical fasting seasons (Great Lent, the Apostles’ fast, the Dormition fast, and the Advent fast), as well as almost every Wednesday and Friday. When a major feast falls during a fasting season, fish, wine & oil are allowed. In addition, there are also several fast-free weeks and other special fast days. Because fast day designations vary slightly from church to church, consult your local parish for further details.


Common Elements within Icons of Christ

Iconographic images of Christ are not drawn just from the imaginative creativity of the artist but hearken back to the actual features of the One who is being depicted and who really took on human form. The various elements within an icon tell a story through symbols which, for those who understand the language of iconography, convey a certain message. So while there are many types of icons of Christ (Pantocrator, Good Shepherd, Extreme Humility, etc.), there is also a consistency of pattern from icon to icon. For example:

  • In most icons of Christ, He is depicted with a halo circumscribing a cross shape, within which are written the Greek letters Ο ΩΝ. Ο ΩΝ can be translated in English as “I AM,” the name God told Moses in the burning bush (see Ex. 3:13–14).
  • Most icons of Christ also include the Greek letters IΣ (IC) and ΧΣ (XC). Using the first and last letters of the two Greek words IΗΣΟῦΣ ΧΡΙΣΤOΣ, IC XC is an abbreviation for “Jesus Christ.”
  • Christ is generally depicted with long brown hair, parted in the middle and falling on either side of His head down past His shoulders. His eyes are brown and large, and He has a somewhat long, straight nose, a small mouth, a short, full beard, and a deep, olive-toned complexion.