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Orthodox Icons

WHAT ARE ICONS?

Icons are holy images of Christ and the saints.  The icons of Christ teach us that Jesus Christ became man to bring us back to God.  Icons of the saints teach us the power of the Holy Spirit to transform peoples’ lives.  Orthodox churches are full of icons because they make visible the invisible kingdom of God.  Many people own icons because they find icons deepen their prayer life. 


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Holy Transfiguration Monastery

St. Isaac of Syria Skete

CHRIST THE PANTOCRATOR


“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”  For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”


Colossians 1:15-16; New International Version


Pantocrator means “all ruling one.”  This icon is one of the most popular in Orthodoxy.   It tells us of the power and mercy of Christ who rules over all creation.

HOLY TRINITY


This icon is a classic.  It shows us the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit living in mutual love and harmony.  As one contemplates the icon one gets the sense of peace and serenity that comes from a life grounded in prayer.  The icon is based upon the Old Testament story of the three angels visiting Abraham (Genesis 18).

THEOTOKOS


From the early days Christians have honored the Virgin Mary for her love and commitment to Christ.  One sees in this icon her embracing Christ with her right hand and pointing to Him with her left hand saying, “This is my Son, do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)