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Offline montalban

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« on: May 07, 2006, 05:09:39 AM »
Others no more about icons than myself. Ozgeorge has shown that some depict the Father (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8894.450). Yet all the evidences I am aware of say that this is not right.

John 1:18
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

This seems to say that we can't know God directly, and thus depicting Him in icons seems blasphemous. It is through the Son that we know the Father...

Matthew 11:27
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

First of all, traditional Orthodox iconographic rules state that God the Father is NOT to be represented in any way. Therefore, the representation of the Father as the "Ancient of Days" is not permitted, even though iconographers do take their liberties and do write such icons.

To represent only two Persons of the Trinity without Christ, or even a representation of the Cross is truly unusual!
http://www.unicorne.org/Orthodoxy/avril2003/icons.htm
It is an interesting comment in light of the fact that they're Ukrainian Orthodox and must have heard of the Russian "Kursk" icon.

An Icon is an image (usually two dimensional) of Christ, the Saints, Angels, important Biblical events, parables, or events in the history of the Church.
http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/general/icon_faq.aspx
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