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Virgin Mary (icon) was flown over the Earth 176 Times (in space station)
Ministry Values ^ | November 2009

Posted on 11/30/2009 9:45:21 AM PST by NYer

Reported by Interfax of Russia in Moscow On November 25, an unusual sacred procession took place when the Virgin Mary Icon known as the "Sign" (see below) flew around the Earth 176 times.

On September 30 the spaceship Soyuz TMA 16 which had a mission to bring the icon to the International Space Station was driven from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the representative of the Galaxy studying centre initiated the project told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

The sacred procession was finished on October 11. The icon, after circling the earth for over a week,  was delivered back on the "Soyz TMA 14 spaceship.

The icon of the Virgin Mary "The Sign" will be presented on December 8-14 at the Orthodox exhibition at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. It will be possible for everybody to get acquainted with video and picture stories about the sacred procession.

The project was carried out on blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and with the support of the Center of National Glory of Russia, the St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation and the Energy space-rocket corporation.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

13th century Icon of Our Lady of the Sign from Yaroslavl (Kiev School, ca. 1114. Tretiakov Gallery,Moscow).

The Icon of Our Lady of the Sign (Greek: Panagia or Παναγία; Old Church Slavonic: Ikona Bozhey Materi "Znamenie"; Polish: Ikona Bogurodzicy "Znak" ') is the term for a particular type of icon of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), facing the viewer directly, depicted either full length or half, with her hands raised in the orans position, and with the image of the Child Jesus depicted within a round aureole upon her breast.[1]

Our Lady of the Sign (18th century, iconostasis of the Transfiguration church, Kizhimonastery, Karelia, Russia).

The icon depicts the Theotokos during the Annunciation at the moment of saying, "May it be done to me according to your word."(Luke 1:38). The image of the Christ child represents him at the moment of his conception in the womb of the Virgin. He is depicted not as a fetus, but rather vested in divine robes, and often holding a scroll, symbolic of his role as teacher. Sometimes his robes are gold or white, symbolizing divine glory; sometimes they are blue and red, symbolizing the two natures of Christ (see Christology). His face is depicted as that of an old man, indicating the Christian teaching that he was at one and the same time both a fully-human infant and fully the eternal God, one of the Trinity. His right hand is raised in blessing.

The term Virgin of the Sign or Our Lady of the Sign is a reference to the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel". Such an image is often placed in the apse of thesanctuary of an Orthodox church above the Holy Table (altar).[2]

As with most Orthodox icons of Mary, the letters ΜΡ ΘΥ (short for ΜΗΤΗΡ ΘΕΟΥ, "Mother of God") are usually placed on the upper left and right of the head of the Virgin Mary.

This type of icon is also sometimes called Platytera (Greek: Πλατυτέρα, literally wider or more spacious); poetically, by containing the Creatorof the Universe in her womb, Mary has become Platytera ton ouranon (Πλατυτέρα των Ουρανών): "More spacious than the heavens".


TOPICS: Current Events; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: 1tim47; blessedvirginmary; catholic; icon; icons; mary; orthodox; space; virginmary

1 posted on 11/30/2009 9:45:22 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 11/30/2009 9:46:04 AM PST by NYer ("One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone" - Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

I admit I didn’t read the whole thing, but is there supposed to be some significance to the number 176?


3 posted on 11/30/2009 9:52:07 AM PST by smokingfrog (I'm from TEXAS -- what country are YOU from?)
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To: NYer
Another great faith story in space travel...

First Communion On The Moon

4 posted on 11/30/2009 9:59:23 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: smokingfrog
I believe that the number 176 is significant because the ISS made more than 175 complete orbits with the Icon aboard, but less than 177 ...

I do not believe that it has any numerological or symbolic meaning.

5 posted on 11/30/2009 10:02:15 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: smokingfrog

Don’t know about the 176,,but for me the most significant part was that the Russians OPENLY, with no apology,, did a religious thing in space.

Had that been an American NASA shuttle, such an act done deliberately, would have launched congressional investigations, ended careers, sparked lawsuits, and been deemed illegal. Glad we are the “free” ones,,, We need to take this country back.


6 posted on 11/30/2009 10:02:24 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: buccaneer81
Another great faith story in space travel..

good story

7 posted on 11/30/2009 10:06:50 AM PST by smokingfrog (I'm from TEXAS -- what country are YOU from?)
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To: NYer

Is Zero pissed?


8 posted on 11/30/2009 10:51:59 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: smokingfrog

176 words:
The Magnificat of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary
The Canticle of Mary
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


9 posted on 11/30/2009 10:59:54 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (God bless)
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To: NYer

Beautiful, thanks!

A little frightening Russia and the US have changed viewpoints regarding faith. Atheistic Russia and religious America have become reversed.


10 posted on 11/30/2009 11:20:30 AM PST by OpusatFR (Tagline not State Approved. Thoughts not State Approved. Actions not State Approved)
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To: NYer

Catholicism, 1; Communism, 0.


11 posted on 11/30/2009 11:36:59 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Mary with her blue rays standing on a shuttle photo alert!


12 posted on 11/30/2009 11:40:00 AM PST by the_conscience (I'm a bigot: Against Jihadists and those who support despotism of any kind.)
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To: NYer

An amazing story!


13 posted on 11/30/2009 1:56:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: the_conscience

The first three words of your tagline are quite significant.


14 posted on 11/30/2009 1:59:06 PM PST by Petronski (Global warming is indeed man-made: it was created by man-made manipulation of the data.)
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To: Petronski

Yes they are my politically correct friend.


15 posted on 11/30/2009 2:07:13 PM PST by the_conscience (I'm a bigot: Against Jihadists and those who support despotism of any kind.)
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To: the_conscience

Very honest of you (accept for the “politically-correct friend” part).


16 posted on 11/30/2009 2:08:34 PM PST by Petronski (Global warming is indeed man-made: it was created by man-made manipulation of the data.)
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To: Petronski
accept for the “politically-correct friend” part

Sorry, but personally I do not accept the politically correct part despite your best efforts to encourage me to become politically correct like yourself.

17 posted on 11/30/2009 2:13:49 PM PST by the_conscience (I'm a bigot: Against Jihadists and those who support despotism of any kind.)
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To: the_conscience; Dr. Eckleburg; Petronski; NYer
Hey friends, and I mean ALL y'all: speaking of blue rays, I think you'll love this brief but thrilling Vatican Space Program Video.

Mirabile dictu, eh?

18 posted on 11/30/2009 2:16:01 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville." - Flannery O'Connor)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Catholicism, 1; Communism, 0.

I think, perhaps, that the Russian Orthodox might take issue with that statement.

19 posted on 11/30/2009 2:17:25 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: the_conscience
I do not accept the politically correct part...

It's your OWN admission. You have the demonstrable wisdom to admit you are a bigot, but then claim you don't accept your own admission. Bizarre.

20 posted on 11/30/2009 2:17:25 PM PST by Petronski (Global warming is indeed man-made: it was created by man-made manipulation of the data.)
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To: OpusatFR; Salvation; ArrogantBustard; The Invisible Hand
You, too: Check this out at #18.
21 posted on 11/30/2009 2:18:48 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville." - Flannery O'Connor)
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To: Petronski

Bizarre indeed. Continue on...


22 posted on 11/30/2009 2:20:43 PM PST by the_conscience (I'm a bigot: Against Jihadists and those who support despotism of any kind.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Neat.


23 posted on 11/30/2009 2:22:57 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

Nice, but what’s the point???


24 posted on 11/30/2009 3:51:04 PM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yeah, silly me. On the other hand, the Russian Orthodox were Catholic before they were Russian Orthodox, if I understood yesterday’s homily correctly (Feast of St. Andrew).


25 posted on 12/01/2009 1:10:02 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: NYer

heh.

Mary is pregnant with Jesus in the icon...don’t tell the pro aborts.


26 posted on 12/01/2009 6:34:46 PM PST by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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