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SML: Sister Vassa's Christmas Special

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Nick Moser, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Nick Moser

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  2. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    I read that as SNL at first.
    I thought it was going to be Tina Fey doing a Sister Vassa parody.
     
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  3. ArmyMatt

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    thanks!
     
  4. Chesterton

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    Assuming it's an icon, what's the name of the icon at 3:10 in the video, and why doesn't Joseph have a halo?
     
  5. rusmeister

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    “Sister Vassa” is not someone I’m going to turn to, generally speaking.
     
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  6. ~Anastasia~

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    I believe it's a "Flight into Egypt" icon. I don't know why St. Joseph has no halo. Sometimes I see St. James as a young man, often leading the donkey, included in the icon.

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  7. prodromos

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    She hasn't inspired in me much confidence.
     
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    I do miss Philothei. I wonder how presbitera is going.
     
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  12. ArmyMatt

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    yes, she is
     
  13. gurneyhalleck1

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    Growing up Catholic, I watched EWTN and saw Catholic media become “a thing.” Mother Angelica, a cranky old nun on the channel, drove me nuts. Overly blunt, pushy, and a crab apple, I thought it was somehow odd to have a nun, someone who practices the quiet, contemplative, prayerful lifestyle trying to crush ego and notoriety, and yet getting loads of attention and laughs and air time. It felt odd and lacking in authenticity to me. Father Ken Richards, a priest on that channel who actually WAS engaging, turned out to be a child molester. Then another big name priest, Father John Corapi, was accused of fooling around with some girl and was summarily and unceremoniously thrown off the bus with no due process, and a bunch of the other folks got weird. Raymond Arroyo on EWTN was always strange, creepy and odd, and he’s on Fox News now.

    I just don’t like to see Orthodoxy going “mainstream” in media and society. Christianity is and should be countercultural and never playing by the rules of contemporaries. I don’t want to hear “Orthodox Rock” music and I hope AFR never becomes a channel. It’ll be counterproductive.
    Orthodoxy attracts a lot of odd people already. A widowed Presbytera friend of mine always says that. Quirky people come to our parish like moths to a flame. I’ll never figure it out.

    Please no home spun nuns and cable channels!
     
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    Not sure why he doesn't have a halo, but I have seen other icons where saints do not always have a halo. One OCA church I've been to has an Icon of the Last Supper above the iconostasis (as I believe is fairly standard?), but only Christ has a halo. None of the apostles do. I've also wondered why sometimes icons don't depict halos for all the saints depicted.
     
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    I think they sometimes don't have halos to show the event was prior to Pentecost, and therefore prior to their full illumination.
     
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  17. gzt

    gzt The age of the Earth is 4.54 ± 0.07 billion years

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    Pretty good stuff.
     
  18. gzt

    gzt The age of the Earth is 4.54 ± 0.07 billion years

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    I think that sometimes happens but it's weird that the Theotokos then has it but not him - perhaps a more mundane explanation is that his head is already against a gold background.
     
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  19. ArmyMatt

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    maybe because she was overshadowed by the Most High at the Annunciation?

    I dunno, as I ain't an iconographer.
     
  20. Chesterton

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    Yeah I looked as close as I could and it could be there, possibly a portion of the icon faded more than the rest? Anyway I was just curious. Not going to lose any sleep over it.
     
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