My Global Orthodox Family

My Global Orthodox Family


Hello, this is Chris from THE MOVING ICON.

These are just some of the gifts sent to me by my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world. Starting left to right in the picture above:

A blessed apple from the chapel of St Irene Chrysovolantou from the Holy Monastery of the Holy Cross in Australia. However, this particular apple is not to be eaten as it’s an icon. If someone is ill, you take this ‘icon’ of St Irene and make the sign of the Cross three times over the affected area.

Paschal greeting card from Moscow, Russia.

Hand-painted stone and wooden-bead prayer ring used when reciting Jesus Prayer from the Bevreti Monastery, Georgia.

Black and gold-thread prayer rope from Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos.

The green ‘handkerchief’ is from Russia and was blessed upon the relics of St Luke the Surgeon. When unwell, you place the handkerchief upon the area of pain along with saying a prayer to St Luke.

An icon of St Luke flanked with St Matrona Dmitrievna Nikonova the Blessed Eldress of Moscow and Saint Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg.

A small icon of Saint Gabriel, a Georgian monk. The little ‘hole’ in the icon contains soil from his grave. This YouTube video is of the opening of his grave.

The green stone icon of Christ is from the Bevreti Monastery, Georgia.

I am lost for words by the generosity and kindness of my global Orthodox family who have given me so much without expecting anything in return. Lord have Mercy on them all!


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Chris Vlahonasios

Chris Vlahonasios is a law graduate from Victoria University and Orthodox media writer for TRANSFIGURE Media.