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Offline tuesdayschild

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Black and white icons
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:32:41 PM »
Is it permissible to venerate a black-and-white drawing of an icon, or is it necessary that the icon (or icon print) be in color?

Or perhaps another way to ask is, to be an icon, must an image be multicolored or may it be in only one color?

Offline GabrieltheCelt

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Re: Black and white icons
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2008, 09:40:02 PM »
Is it permissible to venerate a black-and-white drawing of an icon, or is it necessary that the icon (or icon print) be in color?

Or perhaps another way to ask is, to be an icon, must an image be multicolored or may it be in only one color?
Good question, TC.  Being that it is still an icon per se, there's probably nothing wrong with venerating a 'black-and-white' drawing.  Afterall, it's not the paint and wood that's being venerated in a traditional written icon.  However, there is a whole theology that goes into writing an icon; with many special prayers having been said during the writing (Orthodox for 'painting'), and chances are, it's been blessed.  But- this is only my personal feeling and I could be way wrong.  Just my $0.02
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Re: Black and white icons
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 01:53:15 PM »
I see your point and I believe it is pertinent.  The next question that comes to mind is, am I certain that all the icons and icon prints I venerate have incorporated those prayers?  I can think of one local parish (not mine) in which the icon of the Lord's Supper on the iconostasis is said to have been painted by a non-Christian artist (a rumor which, if true, would explain a couple of peculiarities of that particular piece).

In such a case, where the iconographer may not have prayed those prayers, does the blessing complete what is lacking (vis–à–vis reception by chrismation of baptized non-Orthodox Christians)?
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 01:57:35 PM by tuesdayschild »