Category: Russian Faith & Religion

Pic of the Day – The Solovetsky Monastery, White Sea, Solovetsky Islands, Russia – January 8, 2019

Pic of the Day – The Solovetsky Monastery, White Sea, Solovetsky Islands, Russia – January 8, 2019

We frequently come across beautiful pictures of Orthodox Christianity in Russia while cruising the internets, so we decided to share them from time to time. It is so true, a picture can sometimes tell more than 1000 words. sourse photo – nat-geo.ru photographer – Peter Kosykh Would you like to see more articles like this? Our fundraising goal has not yet been met, and we would be very grateful for your help. It takes a full time staff to keep this website going, and our workers need to feed their families. A recurring donation of even $15 or $25 per month would be a huge blessing.

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If We Don’t Do Good Works, We Will Perish

If We Don’t Do Good Works, We Will Perish

Editor’s Note: Fr. Andrei Tkachev comes from the city of Lvov, meaning “Place of the Lion”, in western Ukraine. Lvov is a Slavic city that has been particularly influenced by Polish culture and western ideas for centuries. After the 2014 coup and war in Ukraine, Fr. Andrei moved to Moscow. There, he rapidly became one of Russia’s most beloved priests. Fr. Andrei’s talks are truly unusual and impressive because of how much they encompass. He educates the audience on literature, films, sports, songs, and history, as well as a treasure trove of Biblical teachings. Fr. Andrei Tkachev Gospel reading for this Sermon: Matthew 25 31 “When the Son of…

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Russian Faith in German is Officially LIVE

Russian Faith in German is Officially LIVE

Our Dear Friends! We have an exciting announcement! The German version of Russian faith is officially live! You can see it here: https://russian-faith.com/de This brand new medium allows us to speak directly to another bastion of fellow traditional Christians among the German speakers of the world. Russian Orthodox Church in Wiesbaden, Germany​​​​ — Photo by Hans DachsThere are more than 200 million German-speaking people worldwide. It is the primary language in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. It’s the co-official language in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the province of South Tyrol in Italy. It is also a recognized minority language in the Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Ukraine, Poland,…

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Russian Faith in Portuguese is Officially LIVE

Russian Faith in Portuguese is Officially LIVE

Our Dear Friends! We have an exciting announcement! The Brazilian Portuguese version of Russian faith is officially live! You can see it here: https://russian-faith.com/pt This brand new medium allows us to speak directly to another bastion of fellow traditional Christians among the Portuguese speakers of the world. Patriarch Kirill celebrating the divine liturgy in São Paulo, Brazil Portuguese is the fastest-growing European language after English, and the language has the highest potential for growth as an international language in southern Africa and South America. Portuguese is a globalized language spoken officially on five continents, and as a second language by millions across the globe. There are…

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How God Will Judge Those Who Don’t Know Christ

How God Will Judge Those Who Don’t Know Christ

Editor’s Note: Fr. Andrei Tkachev comes from the city of Lvov, meaning “Place of the Lion”, in western Ukraine. Lvov is a Slavic city that has been particularly influenced by Polish culture and western ideas for centuries. After the 2014 coup and war in Ukraine, Fr. Andrei moved to Moscow. There, he rapidly became one of Russia’s most beloved priests. Fr. Andrei’s talks are truly unusual and impressive because of how much they encompass. He educates the audience on literature, films, sports, songs, and history, as well as a treasure trove of Biblical teachings. Fr. Andrei Tkachev Gospel reading for this Sermon: Matthew 12 38 Then some of…

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Mount Athos Has One Monastery Where Russian Orthodox Christians May Take Communion, Says Patriarch Kirill

Mount Athos Has One Monastery Where Russian Orthodox Christians May Take Communion, Says Patriarch Kirill

Metropolitan Hilarion—the head of Russia’s Department for External Church Relations—has confirmed that Patriarch Kirill allows Russian Orthodox Christians to take communion at St. Panteleimon’s monastery on Mount Athos. This comes as welcome news to many Orthodox Christians, who had considered that communion might be completely off limits to pilgrims visiting the holy mountain. St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mount Athos The Patriarch of Constantinople had recently joined himself to a schismatic church group that engages in sacrilegious activities, and he claimed to remove the Ukrainian Church from Russian Orthodox Church authority. Thus the churches in Constantinople and Moscow are now in schism with one another. The schism has already encouraged various priests and even entire congregations to abandon the…

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Need to Soften on LGBT, Says Leader of New Ukrainian Church Created by Patriarch of Constantinople

Need to Soften on LGBT, Says Leader of New Ukrainian Church Created by Patriarch of Constantinople

Source: OrthoChristian Patriarch Bartholomew helped the Ukrainian President create a new schismatic church Bartholomew, the Patriarch of Constantinople, recently helped the Ukrainian President create a new nationalist church group in Ukraine. A man named Epiphany Dumenko was then made the leader of this schismatic new group. In a recent phone conversation, “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko said that this newly-created Ukrainian Church needs to work on softening its views towards the LGBT community and supporting the homosexual community in Ukraine in order to not be like the conservative Russian Church. “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko with the Ukrainian President Epiphany was called by Russian pranksters claiming to be David McAllister, a German member of the European…

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Bathsheba is the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31

Bathsheba is the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31

Bathsheba was not only King David’s forbidden lover. She was also King Solomon’s mother. And St. Gregory of Nazianzus identifies King Solomon as the one who wrote down Proverbs 31: The divinely inspired Solomon in his instructive wisdom, I mean in his Proverbs, praises the woman who keeps her house and loves her husband. . . . he praises her who is engaged honorably at home, who performs her womanly duties with fearless courage, her hands constantly holding the spindle as she prepares double cloaks for her husband, who buys a field in season, and carefully provides food for her servants, and receives her friends at a…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘St. Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev’ (Ilya Glazunov – 1992)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘St. Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev’ (Ilya Glazunov – 1992)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev’ – a painting by I. S. Glazunov. Finished by the author in Moscow in 1992. A piece of the cycle ‘The Kulikovo Field’. ‘Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev’ is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 39″ × 78″ Link to high resolution image. Creation of paintings included in the large cycle, was timed to the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kulikovo (1980). In the 1960s, the first canvases…

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March 14, 1904 – Priest Sent From Russia Becomes Bishop of Brooklyn, Three Women Faint During Ceremony

March 14, 1904 – Priest Sent From Russia Becomes Bishop of Brooklyn, Three Women Faint During Ceremony

St. Raphael of Brooklyn THE SAINT PAUL GLOBE — Minnesota March 14, 1904 NEW RUSSIAN BISHOP Pastor of Brooklyn Church Consecrated in New York. NEW YORK, March 13.—In accordance with the decision of the holy synod at St. Petersburg, a third bishop was added today to the Russian orthodox church in America, when Raphael Hawaweeny, archimandrite, pastor of the Syrian Arabic Church of St. Nicholas, of Brooklyn, became bishop Raphael, the first of his faith to be consecrated in America. At least 2,000 worshipers and sightseers so jammed the building that, with the heat of hundreds of burning tapers, three women fainted just before the…

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Feminism Nearly Ruined My Life, and I’m Still In My 20’s

Feminism Nearly Ruined My Life, and I’m Still In My 20’s

It is my dream to have a family and a bunch of kids, but my dreams are facing big obstacles, because of my past history of cohabitation and fornication. I’m only 26, and I have one 3 year old child already, and since my conversion I’ve realized just how much more difficult I have made things for myself. Mid-twenties seemed young, when I was living within the sexual mores of the world. It doesn’t feel so young or simple when I realize 99% of the people I interact with would find my beliefs on faith, chastity, and modesty completely alien. This is made all the more…

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How Christianity Forged Russia’s Greatness

How Christianity Forged Russia’s Greatness

National spiritual culture is created from generation to generation not by conscious thought and not through arbitrary chance, but through a long, integral, and inspired tension of the entire human being; and most of all by an unconscious instinct, the nocturnal forces of the soul. These mysterious forces of the soul are capable of spiritual creativity only when they are illuminated, ennobled, formed, and cultivated by religious faith. History doesn’t know a culturally creative and spiritually great people that dwelled in godlessness. Even the lattermost savages have their faith. Falling into unbelief, nations decayed and died. That the elevation of national culture depends on the…

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Getting the Gospel Wrong – Why Modernist Christians Need a U-Turn

Getting the Gospel Wrong – Why Modernist Christians Need a U-Turn

It may surprise you to hear that the original Gospel—the Good News preached by Jesus Christ and His disciples—is quite different from what is prominently presented today by the vast majority of Christians in America. For many Christians, hearing this original Gospel will involve a major paradigm shift—a radical change in assumptions about God and about salvation, which is at the core of the Gospel. The original Christian Gospel begins with—love. John 3:16, 17 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send…

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Pornography Damages Men, Should Be Illegal

Pornography Damages Men, Should Be Illegal

I am old enough to remember the sexual revolution and its dubious promises that once moral restraints on sexual behavior were removed, a new golden era would dawn in which everyone would live happily, carefree and satisfied. It didn’t turn out that way. Today I deal with the destruction that revolution caused and try to bring healing to men damaged by it. Illustration by Matt Chase I mentor young men, and I see how the mainstreaming of pornography has hijacked their journey from adolescence to adulthood. Growing up is a difficult process, fraught with all sorts of emotional turmoil that tempt young men to look…

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Russian Parliament Considering Granting Russian Citizenship to Persecuted Ukrainians

Russian Parliament Considering Granting Russian Citizenship to Persecuted Ukrainians

Source: orthochristian.com The Russian State Duma intends to adopt measures on the protection of clergy who are persecuted for their faith in Ukraine, Vyacheslav Volodin, the Speaker of the Russian Parliament told journalists on Tuesday, reports Interfax-Religion. “Today in Ukraine, one of the foundational constitutional principles—the freedom of religion—is being grossly violated,” Volodin commented, referring to the serious pressure that clergy of the canonical Ukrainian Church are under, as well as the searches and interrogations they are subjected to. He also said it is a possibility that deputies will prepare legislative proposals providing for a special procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainian who are persecuted…

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Danger of War in Ukraine Because of Constantinople’s Meddling, Says Top Bishop of Russian Church Abroad

Danger of War in Ukraine Because of Constantinople’s Meddling, Says Top Bishop of Russian Church Abroad

On December 17, 2018, Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, stated that the decision of the Constantinople Patriarchate along with the active participation of the Ukrainian government to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine may provoke bloodshed and violence. Metropolitan Hilarion “His move only deepens the division among the faithful in Ukraine,” said Metropolitan Hilarion to TASS News Service about the Ukrainian situation. His Eminence Hilarion fears that the forcible actions by the Ukrainian government could lead to instances of martyrdom among the flock of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “This is a very bad situation. We…

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Modern Judas Supports False Brethren in Ukraine

Modern Judas Supports False Brethren in Ukraine

“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver Him up to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.” Matthew 26:14-15. Whatever the means by which Judas came to the point where his heart was ripe to betray His Lord, the endpoint remains, he loved money and the praise of men more than Christ. Christ became for him a means by which to acquire mammon; every time this happens throughout history, betrayal is inevitable. Our times not excluded. Cyril Hovorun — Orthodox priest who notoriously avoids teaching Orthodoxy As…

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Christian Movies From Russia – With English Subtitles

Christian Movies From Russia – With English Subtitles

Creating quality television programs instilled with traditional Christian morality, Russian filmmakers are building cultural capital, positively influencing the next generation. These films are available with English subtitles. Here is a helpful list of several great videos, all in one place. Some of these are favorites which you may have seen before. All of these films are provided with English subtitles: Would you like to see more films like these? The following link provides a sneak peek at some wonderful films planned for release in the near future: — New Christian Films With English Subtitles — Would you like to see more articles like this? Our fundraising goal has not…

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New Christian Films From Russia – With English Subtitles

New Christian Films From Russia – With English Subtitles

There are a number of good Christian films, which already have English subtitles available now. Here is a link to some of the best ones: Christian Movies in Russia There are additional Christian films from Russia, which should have English subtitles available very soon. Here is a sneak peek at some of them. Click the links below to see preview video clips without subtitles: Saints Peter & Fevronia — This is a full-length animated film about the patron saints of marriage & the family. It has action, dialogue, romance, and battle scenes. Even without subtitles, the following trailer gives a good feel for what this movie has to offer: The…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Holy Rus’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Holy Rus’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘Holy Rus’ – a picture by the Russian painter Mikhail Nesterov. Creation time 1901-1906. ‘Holy Rus’ is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 91″ × 147″ Link to high resolution image. Mikhail Nesterov wrote ‘Holy Russia’ for six years. The idea originated in 1901, when the artist decided to move away from the murals of churches and return to painting. To search for types Nesterov went to the Solovetsky monastery on the White Sea: he wanted to take a closer…

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July 30, 1905 – St. Raphael’s Cigarettes – Russian Church Welcomes Syrians in America

July 30, 1905 – St. Raphael’s Cigarettes – Russian Church Welcomes Syrians in America

St. Raphael Hawaweeny — Orthodox Bishop in Brooklyn, New York THE WASHINGTON POST — Washington D.C.  Sunday, July 30, 1905 INTERESTING LIFE OF THE SYRIAN IN AMERICA — Tyranny at Home Forced Him Into Keen Shrewdness Special Correspondence of The Washington Post. — New York, July 28. “WHAT an enchanting vase!” said a buyer in an uptown bric-a-brac shop, as she paused before an enameled copper jar of simple, artistic shape. “Syrian; $15,” explained the accomodating salesman.” “Come away,” murmered the friend. “I will show you where you can buy the same thing for half the price; and rugs and embroideries and brasses and—” The initiated…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Holy Rus’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Holy Russia’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘Holy Rus’ – a picture by the Russian painter Mikhail Nesterov. Creation time 1901-1906. ‘Holy Rus’ is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 91″ × 147″ Link to high resolution image. Mikhail Nesterov wrote ‘Holy Russia’ for six years. The idea originated in 1901, when the artist decided to move away from the murals of churches and return to painting. To search for types Nesterov went to the Solovetsky monastery on the White Sea: he wanted to take a closer…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Holy Rus’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906)

‘Holy Russia’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        Our top 10 favorites: A purely subjective list of paintings and artists we love. About this series: As we learned about Russia’s traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day. So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online.…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Holy Rus’ (Mikhail Nesterov – 1906)

‘Holy Russia’ (Mikhail Nesterov, 1906) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

A few of the most famous Russian Christian artists: 19th C:    Repin       Ivanov       Polenov       Kramskoy       Nesterov       Semiradsky    Contemporary:    Ryzhenko       Glazunov       Morgun       Afonina       Our top 10 favorites: A purely subjective list of paintings and artists we love. About this series: As we learned about Russia’s traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day. So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online. If you know of a painter or sculptor which we can add to…

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May 19, 1896 – The Upcoming Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II

May 19, 1896 – The Upcoming Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II

LONDON, ENGLAND — PALL MALL GAZETTE — May 19, 1896 THE TSAR’S CORONATION. THE CEREMONY OF NEXT TUESDAY. The solemn fasting and prayer in which the Tsar and Tsarina spend the three days before their coronation are eminently characteristic of the conscientiousness of Russian religious feeling. But they also have the effect of heightening by contrast the splendour of the fourth morning’s ceremonies.  Overnight every one of the three hundred churches, chapels, and monasteries of Moscow has been the scene of a religious service; but on the coronation morning Uspenski Sobor, the Cathedral of the Assumption, absorbs the whole of Moscow’s interest. Unfortunately, this chapel,…

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A Russian Cinderella Story: How the Tsar Chose His Bride

A Russian Cinderella Story: How the Tsar Chose His Bride

Originally appeared at nicholaskotar.com Sometimes, truth really is stranger than fiction. Take the story of Cinderella, the quintessential rags to riches story, the golden standard of the “fairy tale ending.” Well, believe it or not, Russia had a historical Cinderella story, and at the highest levels of government. The setting, the characters, and the ending are almost too perfectly plotted to be historical. What follows is my translation of a Russian original that you can find here.   THE SETTING Russia, wounded and barely alive,  had just emerged out of the most difficult period of its history. This “Time of Troubles” saw not one, but two “False…

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Chainsaw Accident Permanently Injures Russian Orthodox Priest, Father of Six

Chainsaw Accident Permanently Injures Russian Orthodox Priest, Father of Six

Dear friends, my name is Fr. Ioannis Fortomas. I am an Orthodox priest serving within the Metropolis of Austria, assigned to the Holy Wisdom parish of Budapest, Hungary. Yesterday my wife (Elizabeth) and I received some tragic news from our family in Russia. My wife’s brother, Fr. Sergei Filonov, the rector of a small struggling parish in Tikhvin, Russia, had a tragic accident. While trying to finish — in time for Christmas — the small house he began building from scratch with his own hands, and with the sweat of his own labor, the chainsaw he was using slipped — cleanly amputating two fingers from his left hand and severing…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ (Ilya Repin – 1871)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘Raising Jairus’s Daughter from the Dead’ (Ilya Repin – 1871)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ was finished in 1871. The size of the picture – 90″ x 150″ Link to high resolution image. The episode of the daughter of Jairus is a combination of miracles of Jesus in the Gospels (Mark 5:21–43, Matthew 9:18–26, Luke 8:40–56). The story immediately follows the exorcism at Gerasa. Jairus (Greek: Ἰάειρος, Iaeiros, from the Hebrew name Yair), a patron or ruler of a Galilee synagogue, had asked Jesus to heal…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ (Ilya Repin – 1871)

‘Raising Jairus’s Daughter from the Dead’ (Ilya Repin – 1871) – GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ was finished in 1871. The size of the picture – 90″ x 150″ Link to high resolution image. The episode of the daughter of Jairus is a combination of miracles of Jesus in the Gospels (Mark 5:21–43, Matthew 9:18–26, Luke 8:40–56). The story immediately follows the exorcism at Gerasa. Jairus (Greek: Ἰάειρος, Iaeiros, from the Hebrew name Yair), a patron or ruler of a Galilee synagogue, had asked Jesus to heal…

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GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ (Ilya Repin – 1871)

GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART: ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ (Ilya Repin – 1871)

A few of the most famous great Russian Christian artists: 19th Century:    Repin         Ivanov        Polenov         Kramskoy           Nesterov     Contemporary:     Ryzhenko          Glazunov          Morgun          Afonina        The painting ‘The Revival of the Daughter of Jairus’ was written in 1871. The size of the picture – 90″ x 150″ Link to high resolution image. The episode of the daughter of Jairus is a combination of miracles of Jesus in the Gospels (Mark 5:21–43, Matthew 9:18–26, Luke 8:40–56). The story immediately follows the exorcism at Gerasa. Jairus (Greek: Ἰάειρος, Iaeiros, from the Hebrew name Yair), a patron or ruler of a Galilee synagogue, had asked Jesus…

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