“Admirable is God through His Saints” (psalm 67, 36)
“Holy grace of our Saints still exists on the wooden planks of the holy icons“, says Iakovos Tsalikis the elder, an upcoming saint of our church.
Even if we live in a non-spiritual and materialistic era, many people are interested to find, study thoroughly and as a result take into account the biographies of the Orthodox Saints in an attempt to emulate them. There are those who worship and pray everyday in front of the holy icons in order to find the holy consolation, the holy assistance, the strength and healing in their lives.
What does exactly this painting process on wooden surfaces serve? Which is its purpose, anyway? As simply as possible I’d say that the iconic depiction of the saints is a visible medium of their existence. It’s the communication channel for the believers of the God. Without any cult trace in colors and wood, icons can humbly approach the authenticity of the faith of the Orthodox Christians.
By means of holy icons, the affection and its bonds among believers and God can go deeper and deeper. It is observed that the Orthodox Christians have icons in their apartments. For the godly ones, icons are not part of their home design at all. It’s something more than what most common eyes see. It’s the memory of the God, the memory of His Saints. It’s a daily contact. A way of life and divine grace. It’s affection. It’s love.
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