The Mystical Icon of the Holy Church is taken from prototypes from the 17th Century. In the middle, of course, the Church is symbolized as a ship with Christ at the helm holding the holy Rudder. The Rudder in the Orthodox Church is the book which contains the Holy Canons which directs the Church in the proper mode of conduct and confession of Faith. Inside the Ark is the Virgin Mary, and in front of her are the four Evangelists, John, Matthew, Mark and Luke. At the bow of the ship are Peter and Paul, holding the anchor, which is shaped in a three pronged end, signifying belief in the Trinity. Behind them are the Holy Fathers of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. Basil the Great, St. Athanasios of Alexandria, and St. Gregory Palamas, with multitudes of holy Fathers, and Mothers, and Martyrs, etc., etc., as signified by the halos. This all symbolizes the bosom of the Church, both triumphant and militant.
On the bottom of the icon are the enemies of Christ and His Church; that is, all who have fought against Her and persecuted Her, for if one fights against the Church, he is fighting against Christ. From left to right, Antichrist is depicted as a king on his horse and behind him is an old man with a crown on his head, signifying Israel with the star of David on his crown, holding a bag of gold. He has his arm around the harlot of the Apocalypse, with her cup in her hand. Below Antichrist are those who will fight for him. Antichrist is going to come from Jewish lineage, and will reign in Jerusalem and will want all to submit to him. Those who do not will be persecuted. This is the symbolism of those who are under the caption called Antichrist and his Minions.
Next to him to the right is a dreadful looking beast, which is called New Age. New Age is a revival of paganism presented with new packaging. It encompasses the occult, which has absolutely no reverence for Christ.
Next to him is a king on a horse, with a drawn sword in his hand and he is labeled The Persecuting Ruler. Throughout the history of the Church, kings, emperors, governors, etc., have abused their power either by trying to destroy the Church, or by reaching into the realm of the Church to govern it themselves, which is forbidden to them. The Church is governed only by the bishops.
Next to him is one example, the Emperor Leo the Iconoclast, who has a spear in his hand, ready to throw it at the Ark, because he dared to take away the icons which are the glory of the Church and also a dogma which one must believe in to be Orthodox.
Next to him is Luther, with a rifle, ready to shoot. Luther, of course, rebelled against papal abuses, but instead of going back to the Orthodox Church, created his new church, which is properly named not after Christ, but after him. This man symbolizes all of Protestantism which followed his bad example.
Next to him is Lenin, with his Russian pistol carefully aimed at the heart of Christ. He tried to destroy the Russian Church by putting his own KGB agents as bishops. He killed Patriarch Tikhon, who was the heart of the Russian Church, but failed to understand that the Church is not centered around one person. The Church went into the catacombs and lived. One of the bishops of the Catacomb Church was one of the three consecrating bishops who ordained our Archbishop Gregory.
Next to him on the bottom right side is a great beast, with an open mouth, and in his mouth is Mohammed with his tumor on his back, with a drawn bow and arrow directed at the Ark. Mohammed had a tumor of dead skin that protruded from his back, which he told the Arabs was the mark of him being a prophet. Islam has subjugated the Church in the East since the eighth century.
Above him is the Pope, with a long, hooked rod, trying to pull down the bow, either to capsize the boat or redirect it in a direction contrary to the direction that Christ is steering the Ark. When the present day papacy came into being around the year 1054, the pope proclaimed himself as the vicar of Christ and also Christ on earth, thus fighting against the true Christ.
Next to him is Eftyches, the heresiarch who would not accept the decision of the 4th and 5th Ecumenical Councils that Christ has two natures: Christ is both perfect God and perfect man. Eftyches divided the Church with his followers who believed that Christ had only one nature. Therefore, he is depicted with a pointed cowl on his head, which is what the Monophysites wear to this day. Monophysites include the Copts of Egypt, and the Armenians, who are located around Palestine. Behind Eftyches is depicted the demon of the Monophysites and Monothelites.
Next above him is the "Orthodox" Patriarch of Constantinople, Athenagoras, the father of modern day Ecumenism. He also has a hooked rod, trying to redirect the path of the Church. He was a 32 degree Mason, and behind him is the demon of Masonry, who has around his waist the apron which Masons wear with the square and compass and the letter G in the middle. Masons embrace all peoples and faiths into their religion. Ecumenism accepts all religions with a desire to create a one world religion. An Orthodox bishop cannot accept Ecumenism. It is the heresy of all heresies. Because these "Orthodox" bishops accepted the false belief of all religions, not only heretical Christianity, but also Judaism and Islam, saying that "we all worship the same god", just as Masonry tries to do, they are not Orthodox, and in fact fight against the Church.
A mounted icon is a photograph of an icon which is laminated, glued onto birch fibercore wood, trimmed with three edges on each side, and with the board painted and varnished to match the color on the edge of the icon.
An unmounted icon is simply a laminated photograph of an icon. It is a common practice to frame an unmounted icon, or to use them as a guide in one’s own personal iconography.
We keep Standard Mounted and Unmounted Icons in inventory, and can ship most orders the same or following day.
In addition to our Standard Mounted and Unmounted Icons, which we keep in inventory and can ship most orders the same or following day, we also offer Custom Mounted and Unmounted Icons, made to your specifications.
This store is equipped to allow you to order custom icons according to your specifications, provided you do not require special digital editing of the icons. Icon prices are based on the larger of the two dimensions. I.e., what is normally thought of as an 11x14” icon would be priced at the 14” rate above.
Icons are typically not made to standard photographic sizes. Therefore, if while communicating to us that you would like an 11x14” icon, for example, we will make it to be 14” tall, regardless of what the width works out to be. If the second dimension (usually the width) is important to you, you need to make that clear to us in your initial communication with us. Some icons can be modified to fit size ratios other than what they were originally painted at, but some cannot. Please include your special needs in the comments box when you check out. If you require specific dimensions which require additional digital editing, additional charges may be required.
Icons up to 24” wide (in this case, the smaller of the two dimensions) will be laminated. For example, a 24x36” icon will be laminated. All others will be varnished, like our hand-painted icons.
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Dormition Skete also has an extensive icon library with over 10,000 icon subjects which we can use to make almost any icon that you might desire. However, it takes time and effort to research the library for icons that we do not offer in our catalogue. They also usually require additional digital editing. Therefore, there will be a $25.00 minimum surcharge for any icon ordered that we do not offer in our catalogue, mounted or unmounted, in addition to the cost of our regular icons. Please feel free to contact us about any icon you may need that we do not offer in our catalog. These icon orders will be handled on a bid basis, and cannot be ordered directly from this store.
Because Custom Icons are made to your specifications, Dormition Skete has no way of reselling them if you are not happy with them. Therefore, custom icons are not returnable.
Most Custom Mounted Icon orders are shipped within ten days to two weeks from when the order is placed. However, since we are a small operation, there may be times when we cannot make them that quickly. Therefore, we ask that you please allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.