Monastery Icons
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I recently heard Monastery icons is owned by a bunch of neo-pegan, neo- gnostics, who have a veneer as catholic. People say they do pegan "blessings" on their products. Has anyone heard about this. I got a home incense kit a few months ago from them before I knew about this. Should I dispose of it.
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(03-18-2021, 07:53 AM)clayman03 Wrote: I recently heard Monastery icons is owned by a bunch of neo-pegan, neo- gnostics, who have a veneer as catholic. People say they do pegan "blessings" on their products. Has anyone heard about this. I got a home incense kit a few months ago from them before I knew about this. Should I dispose of it.

I've heard that rumor as well, but I don't know how true it is.

The bigger concern I have is with their style of icons.  They are not done in a traditional iconography style, incorporating many Western artistic elements.  They're more like holy cards on wood.  There isn't anything inherently wrong with that, but it does kind of convey a "cheap knock off" feel to it.  I'd go with a different company that produces prints of traditional icons.  Legacy Icons, Uncut Mountain Supply, Greek Monastery Icons are some good ones.

Regarding the possibility of a pagan blessing: It's a sacrilege to sell blessed items in the Byzantine tradition (probably all others as well), so an icon seller isn't likely going to sell them pre-blessed.  It's expected that the buyer will have the icon blessed on their own.  If your icon had already received a pagan blessing, when your priest blesses it, it will wipe out anything the pagan blessing might have attached to it.  No need to dispose of them - just have a Catholic priest bless them for you.  If you're having doubts, you can always douse the items with holy water until you're able to have your priest give them a proper blessing.
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Okay thanks. I share the same sentiment about them looking kinda cheesy.
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry too much about any kind of pagan blessing as that will not possibly withstand the blessing of a priest.
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This was bouncing around Discord a week or two ago on multiple Catholic servers, but it seemed to be more that people were worried that the items were made by hindus in India

I had the same comments, i.e. the products are cheaply made, and when a priest blesses whatever you buy from this place, it will take care of any bad juju.
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(03-18-2021, 07:53 AM)clayman03 Wrote: I recently heard Monastery icons is owned by a bunch of neo-pegan, neo- gnostics, who have a veneer as catholic. People say they do pegan "blessings" on their products. Has anyone heard about this. I got a home incense kit a few months ago from them before I knew about this. Should I dispose of it.
You've heard correctly, I think.

Here are a couple of links from Orthodox sites that discuss them: http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/monasteryicons.aspx , http://forums.orthodoxchristianity.net/t...ons.13899/ .

These are not recent and I don't know the current status of Monastery Icons.  

If you are concerned about you home incense kit but would like to keep it, perhaps ask your priest to bless it for you as Melkite suggested above.

There are far better places to buy icons and supplies from than M.I., some of which have been mentioned earlier, to which I might add Skete.com.
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#7
I have a few of these, unfortunately.  I agree that they are cheesy.  They all look alike to me; they all have the same ugly dark yellow background.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other icon suppliers online.
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#8
As much as I dislike Orthodoxinfo.com and the convert style polemics found therein, they do have a good article warning against purchasing icons from Monastery Icons: http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/monasteryicons.aspx.
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#9
Icon of the Virgin and Child
very iconic
got it in Greek Isles
Santorini probably 
during the honeymoon
hangs in the foyer as you enter the house
first thing you notice
so as to zap deliverymen and neighbours
wife picked up a buddha in her travels in the orient
sits on the floor opposite
mirror by the door with 15 years worth of palm crosses
it's like a spiritual bermuda triangle
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