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Why do Orthodox Christians kiss icons?
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 show 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)
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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.
There are between 225 and 300 million orthodox Christians worldwide.
The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches are equally old, being the inheritors of the Church split by the Great Schism of 1054. Whether or not the former Church, now known to …some scholars as the Catholic-Orthodox Church, was the very first branch of Christianity is something still being debated by scholars. Certainly, there were Gnostic Christians from very early times, and this branch of Christianity flourished until the fourth century, when Constantine adopted the Catholic-Orthodox Church and began the persecution of Christians who did not adhere to the dogma of his Church. Some scholars talk of a 'proto-Christianity' that could have already existed at the time attributed to Jesus. The apostle Paul seems to have preached a spiritual Jesus and does not seem to have been aware of Jesus of Nazareth. He also talked of those who preached a 'different Christ', demonstrating that by the 40s and probably even earlier, there were already differences as to what Christianity really meant. Scholars are not in a position to say what was the oldest form of Christianity.
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.
The head of the Orthodox Church is Jesus Christ, and it does not have headquarters or a global leader, like a pope. The highest authority in the Orthodox Church is an Ecumenic…al Council, or Synod of worldwide bishops. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is considered to be 'first among equals' in terms of being the spiritual head, but he cannot interfere in the decisions of other jurisdictions. The current spiritual leader of the world's 350 million Orthodox Christians is His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is based in Constantinople (known today as Istanbul).
Answer Orthodox Christianity is the descriptive name given to the faith and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. It is similar to other names such as Roman Catholic Christia…nity or Protestant Christianity. The name Orthodox means having the correct beliefs and the correct way to glorify God. The Orthodox Church was founded by Jesus Himself in the year 33 AD, on the Day of Pentecost. According to Orthodox Christian beliefs, the Orthodox Church has always existed from the beginning of time (called the Church Triumphant) but the physical church on earth (called the Church Militant) was established in Jerusalem in 33 AD and continues to exist to this day without any changes to its dogmas and beliefs.
Iconographers study iconography at Seminary, or study under a noted iconographer. Some monks and nuns who write icons, study iconography at the monastery.
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…"
Most Orthodox churches would allow this, so long as any children are Baptized in the Orthodox Church.
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…"
There are currently approximately 225-300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world today.
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.
To be "an orthodox Christian" means to have the right or correct opinion about Christian doctrine. However, who is entitled to judge that? One approach is for an individual …person to decide who he or she will trust to give them the right opinion. Another approach is for an individual to independently assess what is the right opinion about any particular issue. For Catholics, orthodoxy lies in the Catholic Church itself, and in the end result, in the Pope. Catholics believe that both the Bible and tradition are authoritative. For Protestants, the Bible stands above all other authorities, and every doctrine has to be measured solely against what the Bible says. Since the Bible was not written as a doctrinal manifesto, it is necessary to read the Bible and then to form a judgement on each issue to determine what is the right opinion. This means that there is some diversity in Protestant opinions on a number of issues of Christian doctrine, while retaining a large measure of agreement around the central doctrines of the faith. There is also a very old part of the Church that describes itself as "Orthodox." So we have a Greek Orthodox Church and its daughter churches, such as the Russian Orthodox Church. In these churches there is great confidence placed in the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils, particularly the councils held at Nicea, Constantinople, Ephesus and Chalcedon, held in the fourth and fifth centuries. Catholics and most Protestants also have confidence in the decisions of these councils. There are two other main branches of this self-described "Orthodox" part of the Church. Each branch differs in its respective attitude to the councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon. On one hand, there is the Syrian Orthodox Church, and the other independent churches who are associated with it, such as the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church. They formally reject the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon. On the other hand, there is the Church of the East. It formally rejects the decisions of the Council of Ephesus. Yet these differences go back a long way, and relate to questions that were hotly contested at the time, even though these churches believe that the underlying issues are capable of being expressed in different (but less controversial) terms on which almost all Christians would agree.
Mainly, wood and paint. Some are also partially to mainly covered in silver or gold.
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.