While it's hard to read out at first glance, the inscription above his head actually names him as St. Nicholas the Blessed, St. Theodore's fellow fool-for-Christ in Novgorod and a frequent sparring partner.HaydenTE said:
Theodore of Novgorod
It's a high-powered drill, for when he is surrounded by heretics and has to make a quick getaway to his underground lair.Alpo said:What's with the hat? What it is supposed to be? A pink skufia?
http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2011/02/saint-valeriu-gafencu-new-confessor.html?m=1biro said:Where is the scene taking place?
A Vision of the Theotokos Before His Death
During the night of his last Christmas, towards dawn, Valeriu testified to his friend loan Ianolide:
"Amazed, I lifted my gaze and at the head my bed I saw the Mother of God, clothed in white, vivid, real. She was without her child. Her presence seemed material to me. The Mother of God was actually beside me. I was happy. I forgot everything. Time seemed endless. Then she said to me:
‘I am your love! Don’t be afraid. Don’t doubt. My Son will be victorious. He has sanctified this place now for future life. The powers of darkness are growing and will frighten the world still more, but they will be scattered. My Son is waiting for people to return to faith. Today, the sons of darkness are bolder than the sons of light. Even though it may seem to you that there is no more faith left on earth, nevertheless, know that deliverance will come, albeit through fire and devastation. The world still has to suffer. Here, however, there is still much faith and I have come to encourage you. Be bold, the world belongs to Christ!’"
He was a twenty year old student wrapped in the youth wing of a questionable political organisation at the time of his arrest, who later gave deep examples of Christian life in prison. Labelling him an Iron Guard Confessor makes it sound like we canonised him for killing enough Jews or something.Volnutt said:
We should non-ironically have more icons more or less like this one. The contrast is amazing and makes a statement.Jackson02 said:
Not a strange icon at all, but it is simply a side panel of a much larger icon of the Russian new Martyrs and Confessors. Other side panels depict the martyrdoms and trials of other saints. Such panels flesh out details of the life of a saint or groups of saints, but in general are not venerated as stand-alone icons, but as an ensemble.RaphaCam said:
Ah. Thank you for clearing this up.LBK said:Not a strange icon at all, but it is simply a side panel of a much larger icon of the Russian new Martyrs and Confessors. Other side panels depict the martyrdoms and trials of other saints. Such panels flesh out details of the life of a saint or groups of saints, but in general are not venerated as stand-alone icons, but as an ensemble.RaphaCam said:
Here is the complete icon from where the above panel is derived: