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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.
The Church of the East. Catholicism is the Church of the West.
Iconographers study iconography at Seminary, or study under a noted iconographer. Some monks and nuns who write icons, study iconography at the monastery.
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.
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.
1.6% of Orthodox Christian is in Germany today and more than likely in Belgium and In Some otther places by Germany.
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.
It is a painting on wood of saints and biblical events. They are painted with symbolic colours and the background is usually gold .
Mainly, wood and paint. Some are also partially to mainly covered in silver or gold.
According to Orthodox Christianity, everything that is done must be by the standards of The Bible, everything else is a sin.
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.
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.
Your question is strangely asked. The word "orthodox" is based on the Greek words "orthos" meaning right, true, straight, and "doxa" meaning praise. The word then re…fers to something which is the "right idea." Those who hold to what may be called "traditional Christianity" (the faith of the early Church as described in the New Testament) are considered to be "orthodox" in their beliefs. One of the three major branches of Christianity is common described as the "Orthodox Church" as opposed to Roman Catholic and Protestant branches.