The Theotokos Monastery, Kaftoun, Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon
This historic monastery, located just 10 km to the east of Botrys district, in Lebanon, houses one of the most important Byzantine icons of the hieratic and expressive style "The Theotokos Hodigitria of Kaftoun".
The Monastery of Kaftoun and the locality are cited by historians of the 9th century; between the 11th and 13th centuries the monastery had a great spiritual influence in the region. The Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris and the British Museum in London possess some liturgical parchments from this monastery dating back to the 13th century and testifying to the flourishing liturgical life of the Kaftoun Monastery.
Until 1972 the icon was affixed to the iconostasis of the monastery's chapel where it was venerated by pilgrims. During the Lebanese war (1975-1992) the icon was stolen twice and recovered back.
It's currently exposed back for veneration at the monastery's church in a special way exposing both written sides.
The Theotokos Hodigitria of KaftounAuthor anonymous,11th Century A.D.
Tempera on wood & endued (bilateral).
H / W: 111 x 80 cm.
The Basilica of Saint Sergius and Bacchus (Mar-Sarkis)
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As bishop in his birthplace, the town of Sinope on the shore of the Black Sea, he strengthened the devout in their faith by his divine example and words, and brought many idol worshippers to the true Faith. During the persecution of the Roman Emperor Trajan, he was captured and thrown into boiling water, in which this courageous soldier of Christ finished his earthly course and entered into the joy of his Lord in the year 102 AD. The Holy Church celebrates his memory on September 22, and the transfer of his holy relics on July 23.
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St. Phokas Bishop of Sinope
Christ The King
The Holy Theotokos
THE NICENE - CONSTANTINOPOLITAN CREED
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets;
And we believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
We look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the Life of the age to come. Amen.