Religious Icons at the Novodevichy Monastery in Moscow and other Russian Orthodox Churches.
Religious Icons on display at the Novodevichy Monastery and a very interesting exhibition made us decide to go and look. Beautiful organ music filled the room and I immediately felt relaxed and at peace. The building forms part of the monastery and this part is open to the public.
The first room had the most exquisite hand painted Fabergé eggs on display. Themes on the eggs varied from Russian Orthodox Religion Icons to scenes from the history of the monastery. They came in all shapes and sizes and I couldn’t stop looking.
Walking through the rooms and admiring the 15th-century items and Religious icons.
We entered the next room through a huge wooden door. The wood was so thick and I believe it is an original door that dates back to the 15th century. This room was very special and had Religious Icons on display. I don`t know much about the Russian Orthodox Religion only what Andrey has been telling me. I could see from the display that the Mother Mary and the baby Jesus were very important.
The importance of Mother Mary in the Russian Orthodox Religion.
The Virgin Mary is the woman God chose to bear His Son in this world. The Orthodox believe in the ever-virginity of Mary.
Since God chose her to manifest His presence among men, they refer to her as, ” All Holy” and the bridge between God and man. For this reason, they praise and venerate her in the Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox always pray to the Virgin Mary, beseeching her to intercede for us to God. They do not worship the Virgin Mary- worship is do to God alone. The Orthodox make a distinction between worship and intercessory prayer. Just as we ask other people to pray for us, we ask the Virgin Mary, for she has found favor in God’s eyes and has a very unique relationship with God, to pray (intercede) for us. It should be noted that the Virgin Mary and all the saints are ceaselessly praying for all of us. Courtesy of Internet
The last room in the museum and items on display.
The last room had a display of jewelry, ceramics, books, clothes, photos and other interesting items from the Russian Orthodox Church, Popes, and other important people. I have been to a Russian Orthodox service before but I haven`t had the opportunity to see the items up close.
When: 18 May 2012
Where: Novodevichy Monastery in Moscow, Russia