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POPULAR JANUARY NAME DAYS: Agnes (1/13), Anthony (1/17), Aresenios (1/31), Athanasios (1/4, 1/18), Basil (1/1, 1/2), Cosmas (1/2), Demetrios (1/27), Dionysius (1/23), Efstathios (1/4), George (1/2, 1/8, 1/17), Gregory (1/1, 1/9, 1/10), Ignatios (1/29), Onuphrios (1/4)

POPULAR FEBRUARY NAME DAYS: Anna (2/13), Antonios (2/5), Basil (2/1, 2/28), Fotios (2/6), George (2/7, 2/11), Kryanna (2/28), Nicholas & Nikolaos (2/3, 2/4, 2/14)

POPULAR MARCH NAME DAYS: Alexios (3/17), Basil (3/3, 3/7, 3/22), Christodoulos (3/16), Demetrios (3/19), George (3/11, 3/22), Gerasimus (3/4), Ireneaeus (3/26), Nicholas (3/2)

POPULAR APRIL NAME DAYS: Alexandra (4/13), Basil (4/1, 4/12, 4/26, 4/29), Cosmas (4/18), George (4/4, 4/5, 4/7, 4/19, 4/23), Nektarios (4/29), Nicholas (4/9)

POPULAR MAY NAME DAYS: Andrew (5/15, 5/29), Arsenios (5/8), Athanasios (5/2, 5/17), Basil (5/8, 5/22, 5/30), Christopher (5/9), Constantine & Helen (5/21), Demetrios (5/21), George (5/26), Germanos (5/12), Ignatios (5/1), Nektarios (5/17), Nicholas (5/9, 5/16), Pachomios (5/7, 5/15, 5/21)

POPULAR JUNE NAME DAYS: Athanasios (6/3), Augustine (6/15), Bartholomew (6/11, 6/30), Basil (6/20), Christopher (6/5), Constantine (6/2), Demetrios (6/2), Dionysius (6/25), Nicholas (6/20), Onoufrios (6/12), Paisious (6/7, 6/19)

POPULAR JULY NAME DAYS: Anthony (7/10), Athanasios (7/5), Basil (7/19), Christina (7/24), Constantine (7/1, 7/29), Cosmas (7/1), Dionysius (7/9), Geraimus (7/3), Jacob (7/26), Nektarios (7/11), Nicholas (7/27), Nikodimos (7/14), Anna (7/25), Andrew (7/4), Anthony (7/10)

POPULAR AUGUST NAME DAYS: Andrew (8/19), Arsenios (8/18), Athanasios (8/22), Bartholomew (8/25), Cosmas (8/24), Dionysius (8/12, 8/24). George (8/18), Gerasimus (8/16), Nicholas (8/23), Nikodimos (8/16)

POPULAR SEPTEMBER NAME DAYS: Anna (9/9), Ariadne (9/18), Demetrios (9/11), Dionysius (9/29), Ierotheos (9/13), Joachim (9/9), Nicholas (9/23)

POPULAR OCTOBER NAME DAYS: Anastasia (10/13), Andrew (10/17), Athanasius (10/28), Christodoulus (10/21). Cosmas (10/12, 10/14, 10/17), Cyprian (10/2). Demetrios (10/26), Dionysius (10/3), George (10/28), Gerasimus (10/20), Ierotheos (10/4), Ignatios (10/23), Nestor (10/27), Nicholas (10/28)

POPULAR NOVEMBER NAME DAYS: George (11/3 & 11/26), Gregory (11/14), Constantine (11/14), Christopher (11/19), Nicholas (11/29), Andrew (11/30).

POPULAR DECEMBER NAME DAYS: Ananias (12/1, 12/17), Anastasia (12/13), Anna (12/8, 12/9), Barbara (12/4), Dionysius (12/17), Hanna (12/9), Ignatios (12/20), Nektarios (12/5), Nicholas & Nikolaos (12/6, 12/17, 12/23), Susannah (12/15)


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Lettering Symbolism


The Initials IC XC

The IC XC letters are prevalent in Orthodox icons of Jesus Christ. The initials are shorthand for Jesus Christ. It is Jesus’ monogram - a Christogram. When written in Greek, the name Jesus Christ is written: ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ. The monogram is the first and last letters of each name: ΙΣ for “ΙΗΣΟΥΣ” and ΧΣ for “ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ”. When translated to English, the sigma (“Σ”) converts to the cyrillic “C” (from the lunate sigma). The "ΙΣ ΧΣ” converts to “IC XC” . The line placed over each pair of letters is a titlo (Greek word for title) and signifies it is a sacred name.





The NIKA

Nika signifies Victory in Greek. Also “to conquer”. It is the Latin form of “hoc signo vinces” meaning “in this sign, you will conquer” The IC XC along with the NIKA shown in a cross form is known as the Conqueror’s Cross.


The MP and ΘV

Often seen at top left and top right of an icon. The MP stands for Virgin Mary and the Theta V stands for the Theotokos. “MP” is shorthand for the Greek “μήτηρ” or “ΜΗΤΗΡ” (Mother). The “ΘΥ” are letters from the word “ΘΕΟΥ” (of God).


IHS / IHC (and JHS / JHC)

The initials of IHS and JHS are a christogram of the name Jesus Christ. The IHS (IHΣ) are the first three letters of Jesus in Greek - IHΣΟΥΣ - iota (I), eta (H) and sigma (S or C). The last letter is translated to either a “S” or a “C”: the sigma (“Σ”) can convert to either the cyrillic “C” (from the lunate sigma) or to an “S” the modern Greek form.


At times, you will see the “J” in the initials as the first letter: JHS and JHC. The “J” was interchangeable with the “I” in ancient Latin.


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An icon – or eikon / εικων – is a sacred work of art that provide religious meaning to the worshipper. The icon is a flat picture of Christ, the Virgin Mary, a Christian Orthodox saint or of a liturgical celebration. The traditional preparation of an Orthodox icon is a painting on wood with an egg tempera finish (egg tempera is a design finish composed of egg yolk, powdered pigment and distilled water that relies on cross-hatching and overlays of glazing to achieve dimensionality.).

Icons can be found throughout churches – predominantly in the nave of the church – as well as in people’s homes. They are often illuminated with a candle or oil lamp to symbolize that the saints are illuminated by the Light of Christ. Icons are a major part of eastern orthodox devotion. They serve to protect the home, place of business, or traveler. They are hung in a place of honor in rooms that seek reverence to Christ. If one can not attend church, an icon can be used in substitution as a focus for prayer in lieu of an altar.

Saint Icons: In the Eastern Orthodox faith, a saint is defined as anyone who is in pure communion with God and through their humility and love of humankind, loved all people. Saints are venerated but not worshipped. A Saint is considered to be alive in Heaven and are referred to as if they are still alive. Sainthood does not reflect a moral code, but rather an example of Christian living through humility and repentance. Many saints recognized by the Orthodox Church lived in sin but where saved by their deep faith and commitment to God.

A saint is determined by the Orthodox church in a manner that is revealed naturally to others – usually a saint is first recognized by a local community and then by an entire population. To be formally recognized as a saint in the Orthodox faith, the a synod of bishops meets and agrees on the injunction. A calendar date is given that will celebrate the day in the Orthodox faith.

Sainthood often happens post-humously. If a body is exhumed, the bones of a saint are said to give off a sweet fragrance and the body is said to remain free of decay. Relics are considered sacred as the Orthodox do not consider the body and soul separated