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ICONS

An important aspect of Eastern Christianities proclamation of the Gospel is found in its reliance on icons. Icons are not mere pictures, but indispensable articles in the Church's life. In the East the goal of sacred art is more complex than simple representation. Icons of Christ, for example, attempt to bring out the divine nature.

John Climacus

 

On the Fourth Sunday of Great we remember the great monastic saint – St. John Climacus. His famous work on spiritual disciplines and acquiring virtues, The Ladder of Divine Ascent is encouraged reading. In many monasteries it is read throughout the Great Fast. The complete text for The Ladder of Divine Ascent by Saint John Climacus is now on-line for free.

St. Basil The Great

Perhaps the most famous of the Capadocian Fathers is Basil and the two Gregories, Nyssa & Nazianzus. These fathers managed to combine the direct exegesis of scripture of the Antiochian/Alexandrian schools with the concentration on the spiritual life from the desert fathers. Basil would write a series of treatises on the ascetic life and found a monastic way of life.

The Trinity Icon by Rublev

The icon of the Trinity was painted around 1410 by Andrei Rublev. It depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre - but is often interpreted as an icon of the Trinity. It is sometimes called the icon of the Old Testament Trinity. The image is full of symbolism - designed to take the viewer into the Mystery of the Trinity.

 

 

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