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Holy New Martyrs of Minya, pray unto God for us!!

The Holy Coptic Church has not only witnessed to Christ through her speedy glorification of her New Martyrs, but has also served to illustrate how the early persecuted Church would glorify her Martyrs.

I've been distributing pictures of the above icon to friends and family.

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners. ~

ايها الرب يسوع المسيح ابن اله إرحمنا

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The icon of the 21 Coptic martyrs is now available for purchase through Legacy Icons: http://www.legacyicons.com/collections/frontpage/products/21-martyrs-icon

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wow, one of the Copts set my Troparion and Kontakion to Coptic chant!!!

https://soundcloud.com/hotmailhack/...ion-for-21-martyrs-of-libya-mina-ghattas

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Nice, Edward! I keep forgetting to pass on your arrangement to my friend, who's a choir director at the OCA parish I attend.

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I prefer the one commissioned by the LA Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox. Was the above endorsed by one of the dioceses?

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Yes, this icon is a bit too depressing and doesn't really inspire one to want to pray before it . . .

I agree with Lester!

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Originally Posted by Lester S
I prefer the one commissioned by the LA Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox. Was the above endorsed by one of the dioceses?


The icon is on display at the Coptic Orthodox Monastery in Brenkhausen, Germany, which is the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Germany. I would interpret that as an endorsement.

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Originally Posted by Orthodox Catholic
Yes, this icon is a bit too depressing and doesn't really inspire one to want to pray before it . . .

I agree with Lester!

Alex


At first glance it resembles some type of microprocessor chip.

Only thing missing is a bright green background.

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Originally Posted by Orthodox Catholic
Yes, this icon is a bit too depressing and doesn't really inspire one to want to pray before it . . .

I agree with Lester!

Alex


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I like the above icon but it looks a bit cartoonish.

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Whereas I find this icon quite striking to look at. It speaks to me of their heroic fidelity to Christ while facing the reality of a gruesome death. It inspires me to prayer.

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The icon that is the subject of this discussion departs from the tradition by depicting the torturers and executioners.

I cannot think of any Icons of Martyrs which show those who inflicted evils against them.

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Originally Posted by Thomas the Seeker
The icon that is the subject of this discussion departs from the tradition by depicting the torturers and executioners.

I cannot think of any Icons of Martyrs which show those who inflicted evils against them.


What about the icon of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist...

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...or the icons of the New Martyrs of Russia?:

https://www.holycross-hermitage.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/New-Martyrs.jpg

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There are many other examples:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qEqEV79j7W4/Uwy35vm4o9I/AAAAAAAAnEs/pW6IR7G_-c4/s1600/martyrs11.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3JWW-hYkVdk/UdwiIJDjosI/AAAAAAAAjwk/ch6yHBFIf-o/s1600/michael.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OPNDgRSOz...zn-uSlBnyAs/s1600/apostolosmartyrdom.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t3zMsuxB6..._d7AHzFY/s1600/loukilianos+martyrdom.jpg


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And the slaughter of the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem by Herod:

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Both of those atrocities occurred before Christ's Pascha, placing those martyrdoms in a special class. For example, before the Pauline reforms the Holy Innocents was celebrated by the Latin church with violet vestments rather than red.

Post Pascha, post Pentecost...are there Icons of the Apostles, the early hiermartyrs Polycarp and Igantius; Thekla, Barbara, etc, depicting their violent end?

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