Τρίτη, 3 Ιανουαρίου 2017

The dark-skinned race at the Birth of Christ



The icon of M. Damascenos (from here)
The three Magi who went to adore the infant Christ Jesus a short time after His Birth had come "from the East" (Matth.chapter 2).
According to the ancient Christian tradition, their place of origin was Babylon; however, the Christian soul occasionally depicted one of the Magi as an African in appearance. This was the artists' way of indicating that Christ had come so that all nations and all races could be saved, without any discriminations.
The icon of G. Kastrofylakas (from here)
The icon of the unknown hagiographer (here)
We are presenting here seven Orthodox Christian icons depicting a handsome, ancient African king as one of the three Magi. The first four icons are the work of the Cretan hagiographers : Michael Damascenos, Emmanuel Tzanes, Georgios Kastrofylakas, and an unknown hagiographer. The fifth image comes from a chapel dedicated to the Akathist Hymn of Theotokos, from the Holy Monastery of St. John the Lampadistis (Illuminator) of Cyprus, opposite of the village of Kalopanagiotis, around 1500 AD.
The sixth icon originates from the Holy Metropolis of Zambia and Malawi.
The 7th icon is from the Museum of Dionysios Solomos and Eminent People of Zakynthos.
The icon of E. Tzanes (from here)
In the history of the Orthodox Church we have at least two African kings Saints; they are the kings of Ethiopia, Fulvian (who became a Christian by Saint Mark the Evangelist) and Elesvaan.
From the Orthodox Metropolis of Zambia & Malawi (here)
We also have thousands of African holy Martyrs, Fathers and Ascetics, some of whom are even included among the most significant Saints of all ages. You can read about some of them, at this link: OBSERVING THE FEAST DAYS OF THE AFRICAN SAINTS.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you all, my brothers, and all the races on Earth.

Translation from Greek by our sister in Christ A.K.
Glogy to God!

The icon from the Holy Monastery of St. John the Lampadistis (here)
The icon from Zakynthos, copy of icon from 18th century (from here)

Some images from Western Europe (Roman Catholics), from here.

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