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    Joe
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    Which icons do you love? Do you prefer Greek or Slavic or another style? What icons do you have in your homes? Have any of you had the chance to see/venerate any famous icons?
    I have always loved iconography, even before I knew what an icon was (I used to think that they were simply “religious art”)… My current favorite is probably a tie between “Theotokos of Vladimir” and “Axion Estin”.

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    Maria
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    I love icons so much. I have heaps of them! Mostly ones with the Theotokos in them 😛
    A few of my favourites include “Protection of the Theotokos” (it makes me feel really safe and loved), and “Theotokos of the Seven Arrows/Softener of the Evil Hearts” (it was one of the first icons I ever bought).

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    Isaac
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    I only have one icon, which is the Theotokos of the Passion. This is my favorite icon and I brought it as soon as I saw it. The other icons I have are paper but that’s because it came as a calendar and it is of the Lord Jesus and the Theotokos.

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    Joe
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    Me too Maria! I have been keeping images of icons as my phone wallpaper since I got one of these über-phones… I try to find seasonally or callendricly appropriate ones to download, which helps me stay mindful of feasts, fasts, commemorations, etc.
    As an amusing and unintentional side effect of carrying pictures of icons around with me all the time is that people around me when I use my phone are likely to see the image. Most of the time people react positively, complimenting their beauty, and often simply asking, “who is that?”, some are more curious (“why does he/she look so sad?”, “what religion is that from?”) but some have been shocked and even concerned; One RC lady I know saw “Theotokos as the Burning Bush” and was abolutely appalled to see The Mother of God on fire.. (I explained to her the meaning of it and she was very understanding)… one man thought that an image of St. Nektarios was Osama Bin Ladin! I couldn’t help laughing.. He didn’t think it was funny at all, so I let him look at it more closely and assured him that “the man in the picture” was just about the furthest thing in the world from it!

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    Maria
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    I have that one on the wall in my hallway, Issac 🙂 I love it too.

    And haha, oh my gosh, Osama bin Ladin…
    The Theotokos of the Burning Bush is another lovely one, with beautiful meaning, I think 🙂 Really gives you a sense of just how amazing God and His Mother are.

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