Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Byzantine All Saints

Unknown Icon Painter: Russian
Synaxis of All Saints
early 17th century
Tempera and gold leaf on linen and wood, 23 x 22 cm
Musei Vaticani, Vatican

The Byzantine Church celebrates the Feast of All Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

This feast had in fact been established in memory of the Resurrection of our Lord and of those of his precursors or followers who had already been crowned in heaven: patriarchs of the Old Testament, prophets, kings, contemporaries of Christ who had joined him and followed his teaching, preachers, hermits, martyrs, hierarchs, priests, devout kings, and defenders of the Church.

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