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What is an Orthodox icon?
Orthodox icons are often referred to as "windows to heaven." The icon is a depiction of Christ, the saints, or biblical events done in a very precise fashion with though…tful prayer throughout the process. The icon shares in the reality of image it depicts, thus we hold them very dear as they teach us with our eyes what our ears cannot hear.
Iconographers study iconography at Seminary, or study under a noted iconographer. Some monks and nuns who write icons, study iconography at the monastery.
It is important to kiss holy icons or images, as this is a sign of respect, in the same way that we kiss a picture of our mother, father, husband, wife or children, to s…how the respect that we have for our loved ones. When we kiss a photo or picture of a family member or loved one, we are not woshipping them and we are not kissing the paper or wood or glass of the photo or frame. In the same way, when we kiss an icon of the holy saints, we are not kissing the physical material of the icon, but rather, we are showing respect and honour towards the person who is represented in the icon. Orthodox Christians often kiss, respect, venerate and honour icons, but they do not woship icons. Orthodox Christians only worship God. The Bible has many examples of how holy icons were used as an aid to worshipping God, even in Old Testament times. For example, when God commanded Moses to make images of cherubim angels for the Temple "In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim..." (2Chronicles 3:10). So when we kiss an icon of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is as though we are kissing Christ Himself. Jesus does not condemn this practice, but rather sees it as an act of respect, just like He did with the sinful woman in the Bible: "You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in." (Luke 7:45)
Some Anglicans (known as Episcopalians in the US) use icons in their churches. Most fall into the category of "high church" Anglicans, rather than the "low church" Anglicans.… High church Anglicans frequently use icons, incense and bells as a means of facilitating worship and relationship to God, whereas the low church Anglicans tend to believe excessive rituals and implements distract from worship and relationship. In many places around the world, Anglicans are emphasizing their ancient roots and are encouraging the use of icons and other devotional practices again. For example, St Paul's Cathedral in London, has a large icon of the Virgin Mary and Christ on its wall. The current Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, also encourages the use of icons as part of Anglican services. It may also be argued that the Anglican tradition has long emphasized words as iconography even more than images. Examples can be found in the mystical and poetical tradition throughout Anglicanism's history. Examples may include such notable "icons" as "St. Patrick's Breastplate," the poetry of John Donne, and the Book of Common Prayer, itself. The Orthodox Church, however, places much greater emphasis on the corporate use of holy icons in its services and some churches are full of portable icons and frescoes or mosaics on the walls. It continues the practice of the Early Church which has used icons in its Liturgy and services for over 2000 years. For example, the evangelist and apostle St Luke, himself painted many icons of the Virgin Mary and Christ. So from this, no one can say that the use of icons did not have an Apostolic foundation. Indeed, the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which is accepted by all mainstream Christian Faiths, made a clear ruling that icons are a necessary and essential part of the Christian Faith. The veneration or honour of holy icons has an important place in the Church, but it confirmed that icons are not worshipped. Only the Lord Jesus Christ is worshipped. Icons are venerated, which means respected and honoured, in the same way that we respect a photo of our loved ones by kissing it, but we do not worship them either. Icons represent the transfigured Saint who is represented in the icon, and sometimes depicts some scenes from their life or martyrdom. Holy icons have been used as an aid to worship by Christians since the earliest times during Orthodox Church services. Especially since the Church had only the Hebrew Scriptures without a formalized New Testament for the first few centuries of the Church.
Mainly, wood and paint. Some are also partially to mainly covered in silver or gold.
Writing icons is an extremely prayer-filled task. You first, need to ask the Lord for guidance in this situation, and to guide your hand. You also need to pray to the sain…t you are going to be writing. Praying to a saint, is not the same as praying to God. You must ask the saint to pray for YOU in this task.
Icons are venerated (honored) but not worshipped in the Orthodox Church. This is done by commemorating the memory of a saint, in the same way that the people of God in the Old… Testament commemorated the righteous people who pleased God: "The memory of the righteous is blessed" (Proverbs 10:17). St Luke the Apostle and Evangelist was the first person to paint icons (of the Virgin Mary and Christ) and some of these icons are still in existence to this day (on Mt Athos, Greece). This practice has continued in the Christian Church for over 2,000 years and is an essential part of Christianity, as confirmed by the Seventh Ecumenical Council and the Church Fathers. By venerating icons we ask for the saints to pray to God for us, because we are told that God hears all prayers, but especially the prayers of his saints, as stated in Revelation 5:8 and in Revelation 8:3-4 "…the prayers of the saints, ascended before God…"
No THey opposed the use of statues
A religious icon is a picture or an image of Jesus and the saints. The Byzantine Orthodox Church split after Christians disagreed over how religious icons should be us…ed.
Because the Church of England has not opposed the use of holy icons in its churches. Only some evengelical protestant groups do not use icons. The Queen of England and the Arc…hbishop of Canterbury support the use of icons.
Because kissing is a sign of respect, just like when you kiss a picture of your mother, father, or child. Icons are not worshipped, they are venerated (meaning honoured) by …commemorating the memory of a saint. By venerating icons we ask for the saints to pray to God for us, because we know that God hears all prayers, but especially the prayers of his saints, as we read in Revelation 5:8 and in Revelation 8:3-4 "…the prayers of the saints, ascended before God…"
Icons are holy images that declare the presence of the kingdom of God in the church. They are not only 'visual aids' but representations of the living saints of God. Jesus Chr…ist Himself is also referred to in the Bible as "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15 and 2Corinthians 4:4). Honouring the Holy Icons is an essential part of our Faith, as confirmed by the Church Fathers and the Bible. (Seventh Ecumenical Council, 787 AD, Exodus 26:31, Hebrews 9:5). Icons are honoured or venerated, but they are not worshipped. Only God is worshipped. St Luke himself (the Apostle and Evangelist) painted over 70 icons, mainly of the Virgin Mary and Christ, and some of his original icons are still in existence to this day (on Mt Athos, Greece). These were painted before the death of Christ. This practice has continued in the Orthodox Church for over 2,000 years and is an essential part of Christianity. Honouring the righteous and Saints of God is also confirmed in the Bible. (Prov. 10:7, Rev 5:8, 8:3-4).
Icons are an important part of Orthodox worship. In prayer, the icon focuses your thoughts and keeps your mind from wandering ... a constant reminder. They have been an integr…al part of Orthodox worship since the beginning of the Church at the time of Christ. The 7th Ecumenical Council reinforced this with Cannon Law.
The east is pretty conservative when it comes to icons. In fact, I just went to a seminar on this. First of all, we do not worship icons. Icons are a reminder of the acts that… a saint as done rather than their physical appearance. Now, there are certain things an icon must include. The features must be portrayed a certain way, the people must be facing a certain way, and many other things. All aspects of the saint that does not concern information that may help us to salvation is removed from the icon. For example, in an icon, everyone is the same size unless one is to be portrayed as an infant because height is not an essential fact for our salvation. Also, the shading in an icon goes from dark to light rather than the normal light to dark so as to have the figures in the icon appear more as though they are coming to meet us rather than it going back into the canvas. I'm not too organized in my writing, but figures are also displayed using an opposing movement of objects that is often seen in ancient greek art. This means that for every thing that faces left, something else faces right. The head will face one way and the eyes face the other (also giving an illusion that they're always looking at you).