Today we want to present you two Christian icons of Jesus Christ. They are part of our rich and extensive catalog of over 180 different Christian icons and are available in different sizes.
The first icon represents Jesus Christ as king. It has to do with the idea of the “Kingdom of God,” where Jesus is described as sitting at the right hand of God. This, however, should not be confused with the mocking “King of the Jews,” which was given to him at the crucifixion. Many Christians around the World consider the “royal ministry” of Jesus Christ to be one of the three functions. According to them, Jesus Christ is a prophet, a priest and a king. The name “Christ the King” is often used for churches, schools, hospitals, religious institutions. As this is a reproduction of the original icon, unfortunately we do not have information about the author of the original icon.
On another icon of Jesus Christ you can see that he is holding a book in his hand, on which you will notice an interesting manuscript. It is a Church Slavonic language used by Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia, Northern Macedonia and others. This language was created in 855 by the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who later became saints. The original alphabet was called “Glagolitic”, but later the letters were replaced and began to be called “Cyrillic”.
In our rich catalog we offer several icons of different sizes of the Holy Brothers – Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius. Check them here.
The Cyrillic alphabet was created in the Preslav school (Preslav was the capital of Bulgaria during the reign of Tsar Simeon the Great). It, together with the Glagolitic alphabet, are the two alphabets used in the writing of the Old Bulgarian literary language. After the death of the brothers, their Bulgarian students Nahum, Kliment and Angelariy arrived in Bulgaria and began to spread the new alphabet. This was done at the special invitation of the Bulgarian Tsar Boris.
Tsar Boris baptized the Bulgarians in 864, which is still a pagan state. He also distributed the alphabet of Cyril and Methodius and Bulgaria became the first country in the world to accept this alphabet as its own and official. Russia did not exist at that time, and today’s Serbia was built by an alliance of several tribes, but existed as a state only in the 12th century.
Today the Cyrillic alphabet is used in: Bulgaria, Bashkortostan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Buryatia, Dagestan, Ingushetia, the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, the Mari Republic, Mongolia, the Republic of Mordovia, Russia, Serbia, Tatarstan, Tuva forest, Tajikistan, the Udmurt Republic, Ukraine, Chechnya, the Chuvash Republic. In total, more than 300 million people use Cyrillic and it is present in over 70 languages. The Cyrillic alphabet in its original form is used in the Church Slavonic language, used today in a number of Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe.
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