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Iconostasi, Between Heaven and Earth by Fotopoulou Sophia

One of the more notable features of the interior design of Eastern Christian churches of the Byzantine liturgical tradition is the icon screen, or iconostasis (iconostasion) which separates the area within which the clergy celebrates the Holy Mysteries from the area occupied by the faithful.

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Icons, A Window to Spiritual Heaven by Fotopoulou Sophia

Eyes of Compassion

An icon is a pictorial replication and a spiritual representation of a saint, biblical scene or historical religious event. A held object, a style of dress, a color or scene in the background is duplicated so the identity is instantly recognizable, despite barriers of language, distance and time. The word is derived from the Greek "eikon", which means to resemble. The icon seeks to reveal the divine through visible and familiar content. In this sense, the icon has been called "a meeting between heaven and earth". For through them we receive a vision of the spiritual world. The stylized character…

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Jivaka Kumarabhacca by Fotopoulou Sophia

This section of the Thangka shows the retinue of Bodhisattvas and pious attendants. Among them is Jivaka Kumarabhacca. First row: Kasyapa (left) Upali (center) and Jivaka Kumarabhacca (right) Second row: Ananda Third row: Avalokiteshvara Forth row: Vajrapani

At the time of the Buddha, among the lay physicians, the most renowned was Jivaka Kumarabhacca, who is described as providing free medical care to the Buddha and other monks and donating his mango grove at Rajagaha for use as a monastic community, named Jivakarama. Jivaka's fame as a healer was widely known and tales about his life and medical feats can be found in almost all versions of Buddhist scriptures.

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John Wesley by Arthur Sigurssen

John Wesley (1703-1791)

John Wesley, English theologian and evangelist, was a founder of Methodism. Wesley was born in the rectory at Epworth, Lincolnshire, on June 17, 1703, the 15th child of the British clergyman Samuel Wesley. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Christ Church, University of Oxford. Ordained deacon in 1725 and admitted to the priesthood of the Church of England in 1728, John Wesley acted for a time as curate to his father.

In 1729 he went into residence at Oxford as a fellow of Lincoln College. There he joined the Holy Club, a group of students…

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