Saturday, August 30, 2008


Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - icon of Saint Nicholas

Icon of Saint Nicholas, at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri


  1. What a remarkably beautiful icon, Mark -- do believe it is the nicest I've ever seen. Actually, I didn't know that sort of work was (liturgically) legal.

  2. opportunity to discuss religion....when I was a kid my Dad and Mother always told my brother and I that in the event that I could not find a Catholic Church to attend during my travels that I could attend a Russian Orthodox or Greek Orthodox mass. Is that still the generalthought?

  3. Irene,

    This is a fairly typical icon, at least according to what I've seen, and also considering that many 'typical' icons are also priceless treasures. This appears to be dressed, that is, has a metal covering, showing just some of the paint below; often the dressing can be changed according to season or feast.


    From canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law:

    "§2. Whenever necessity requires it or true spiritual advantage suggests it, and provided that danger of error or of indifferentism is avoided, the Christian faithful for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister are permitted to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick from non-Catholic ministers in whose Churches these sacraments are valid."

    Which would include the Orthodox Churches.

  4. Mark -- thank you for that info. I learned something today.