Merry Christmas! (Audio) - The Ascetic Experience
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7 Listen the Irmos of the Nativity…
Rather than integrate Western motifs into the framework of an icon, this image takes the unusual approach of juxtaposing Italian and Byzantine styles on either side of a diagonal line running from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the panel.It could possibly be, as some have suggested, the work of two different artists, one working in the Western and the other in the Byzantine tradition.