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Iconography

A STRANGE SCENE IN THE ICON OF THE DORMITION

By John Sanidopoulos In many icons of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one can see a strange scene near the bottom: an angel invisibly cuts off the two hands of a certain man. What is the story behind this scene? Bewailing their separation from the Mother of God, the Apostles prepared to bury Her all-pure body. A solemn procession went ... Read More »

What Orthodox Iconography Is

By Photios Kontoglou The religion of Christ is the revelation, by Him, of the truth. And this truth is the knowledge of the true God and of the spiritual world. But the spiritual world is not what men used to—and still do—call “spiritual.” Christ calls His religion “new wine” and “bread that cometh down from Heaven.” The Apostle Paul says, ... Read More »

THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS ICON

Together, the Great Feasts serve to tell us the story of the Incarnation, which has its climax in the centre of the year with the celebration of the “Feast of Feasts” – Pascha. It is therefore fitting that the first Great Feast of the Church year, which begins in September, is that of theNativity of the Theotokos. The early life ... Read More »

Mode of Life offers some thoughts regarding a question about Iconography

Dear Mode of Life, I would like to thank you for your article on the fullness Church iconography (http://modeoflife.org/iconography-a-statement-of-image/), I found the article wonderfully stimulating, and almost overwhelming in the riches of tradition and theology in which it describes.  My own congregation is a Protestant church which is dedicated to Mark the Evangelist, we have placed an icon of St Mark in ... Read More »

ICONOGRAPHY – A STATEMENT OF IMAGE

Introduction In recent times, there has been a subtle but noticeable trend of Byzantine iconography manifesting itself within the decor of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all around the world. To the discerning Orthodox Christian observer, initially there is joy at the fact that other fellow Christians are adopting and using iconography as an expression of faith, and thus serve ... Read More »

EASTERN ICONOGRAPHY: A LITURGICAL ART?

For many Western Christians, icons seem to be the type of art that has been dismissed as insignificant within the worship space and liturgical environment, because of their apparent lack of realism. However, for Orthodox Christians the icon has played a significant role within the liturgy and its theology, since the sixth century. Read More »