WHAT IS AN ICON ?

 

WHY AN ICON?

From the earliest days of the Church, and even now in Orthodox tradition, Icons have been venerated in the practice of the Faith. They invite each Christian believer to journey in the full practice of the Faith and to enter into a true spirit of prayer and meditation.  

This rich heritage is based on ancient theological teachings and symbolic traditions spanning the centuries and milleniums.

Icons are not simply religious paintings. Because of the truth revealed in the mystery oh the incarnation, they express a holy presence, the spiritual nature of saints and events.

 

 

 

ADORATION OR VENERATION ?

The controversies wich the church beggining from the 7th to the 9th century, added to the difficulties of translations and also the distance created a deep misunderstanding in the practice of the veneration of Icons, especially in the churches of the western part of the Empire. This practice of veneration was sadly misinterpreted as adoration and as a form of idolatry.

The historical and theological justification of the Iconographic tradition is based on the reality of the Incarnation of Jesus, the Word Made Flesh. Consequently, since his incarnation, we have the ability, and even the duty, to represent what we have seen and touched through the witness of our Fathers in the Faith.

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