holy myrrh: 1 post

Scented Saints, Written Images, Endangered Heritage

Beautiful sillage is a sign of sainthood in the Orthodox tradition. The fragrance, or mirro (holy myrrh), can be emitted by real life saints, saint’s relics or even icons, painted images of saints. It’s common even today to hear stories of icons shedding myrrh and filling the whole church with the heavenly scent. Such events are called thaumata, a Greek word for wonders. They’re not miracles in the supernatural sense like walking on water or feeding 4,000 with seven loaves of bread. Thaumata are everyday marvels, brief glimpses of the divine through the veil covering us. The same kind of wonder is held responsible for icons, because to paint a saint it’s not enough simply to have artistic skills. One has to be inspired.

lavra-artist-studio1

“I didn’t mean to become an icon painter. It was never my goal as an art student. I can’t explain it, but in the end, that’s just what happened,” says Natalya Gladovska, an icon painter at the Lavra Art Studios. My mental image of an icon painter owes much to Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev–a somber bearded monk in black robes. Gladovska laughs when I tell her so. She’s warm and bubbly, and everything about her, down to her tendrils of abundant red hair escaping from a loose bun, is filled with energy and verve.

Continue reading →

From the Archives

Latest Comments

  • matty1649 in Chanel Chance Perfume Giveaway: I’ve loved reading all the suggestions for surviving winter. Wrapping up in a cosy fluffy throw reading. Wearing a spicy perfume. Lighting lots of candles. I’m in the Uk so… January 31, 2023 at 6:23am

  • Tiffany Thiele in Chanel Chance Perfume Giveaway: What a treat to read everyone’s suggestions to make winter easier. I feel like I’ve already won a great gift just by reading all the wonderful suggestions! Here are a… January 31, 2023 at 12:14am

  • Yafo in Chanel Chance Perfume Giveaway: I just try to be in a good mood even with the sun gone earlier in the day. Thinking in a “thankful” way helps and looking forward to warmer weather… January 30, 2023 at 9:45pm

  • joan ramirez in Chanel Chance Perfume Giveaway: To boost my mood I use lavender spray and read from favorite passages in a historical novel from one of my favorite authors. Then, I meditate. January 30, 2023 at 7:39pm

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2023 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy