Sunday, August 10, 2003

Our Lady of Smolensk
Съ праздникомъ! Today Russian Orthodox remember this icon, one of many in the Hodigitria style, with Our Lord enthroned on Our Lady's left arm. Apparently this one too has a legend about St Luke painting it. A version of it I've seen and liked is Russian, very solemn with dark yellows, dark reds, deep blues and almost brown faces, and has Our Lord facing His Mother and, like a small adult, seeming to have a conversation with her.

St Lawrence
Whose Gregorian-calendar, Roman Rite and Book of Common Prayer (1662) feast-day is today. A shout-out to any Larrys who read this blog!

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