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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
A Greek Orthodox portable icon of The Nativity of Christ

Kept inside the altar and held high at a procession on Christmas Day, this "Renaissance," non-Byzantine-style, icon of The Birth of Christ is then placed on a stand in the nave to be venerated by the faithful.
A Greek icon of The Nativity of Christ, also in the "Renaissance" style, shows a similarities with the icon of The Holy Trinity, shown at the top of the page.
Holy Trinity was my home parish when I was growing up in Sioux City, Iowa.

I arrived to this country just before Christmas, and I remember my excitement at seeing all that snow, Santa on the picture window at Younker's, and the carolers downtown.

I also remember Father Halick, on Christmas Eve, bringing this icon of the Birth of Our Lord from the altar and placing it on a stand where a wreath of carnations was placed it around it by the Myrofores Ladies Society.

The Holy Trinity was built in 1925, and my adoptive parents told me about passing the proverbial hat so they could build their own church.

So this icon dates from that time, and it bears signs of being of the same iconographer that "wrote" (icons are written, not painted), the larger icons that adorned the icon screen.

The Birth of Our Lord icon
Reminiscent of the second tier icons in my village church icon stand, the fork-art nature of this icon is endearing.

A faint Star of Bethlehem at upper right nevertheless shines bright on the Newborn Son lying in the manger, with a halo of rays and the Greek letters IHC and XPC (Iesoús Christós, Jesus Christ).

The Virgin Mary holds a blanket with her left hand, and brings the right to her heart, the letters MP ΘΟΥ (Méter Theoú, Mother of God) appearing at the left of her halo.

A shepherd kneels, another stands holding a crook, andJoseph, standing, his hands resting on his cane, looks upwards at the sign the divine birth.

In the distance, you can just make out Bethlehem, more easily seen in the small icon at top left.

This icon also features the ox and ass in the manger, whereas the Holy Trinity icon only depicts an empty manger, and, between Joseph and the standing shephered, a child in awe of Christ's Birth.

In white letters, at top left of the Holy Trinity icon is written, "I Génnisis Toú Christoú, The Birth of Christ, and in black letters at the bottom there' a dedication. "A donation of the Greeks of Aberdeen, S. D."

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