Nun Veronica shared her story of joining St. Elisabeth Convent. On April 4, 2023, on the 6th week of Great Lent she was tonsured with the new name Basilisa in honor of the martyr Basilissa of Rome.
From earliest times Christians had images, icons, without causing much controversy. An Icon is not just a painting with a religious meaning; it is a window into a different, spiritual world.
An icon is, first of all, a holy image before which we stand in prayer. It is also a visibly expressed life experience of saints. On top of that it’s a work of art that conveys to us our ancestors’ idea of beauty.
This chant is a kontakion from the akathist to the Intercession of the Theotokos. On October 14 (according to the Gregorian calendar) the Orthodox Church celebrates a great holiday – the Protection of the Mother of God.