What are Icons?

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, icons are venerated but not worshipped. The word "icon" comes from the Greek word "eikon" and simply means "image". Once an integral part of Christian life and worship, icons have been largely forgotten in the Western Church, but carefully and faithfully preserved in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The subject matter of icons is determined by the great stream of Church tradition, and chosen from a vast array of ancient prototypes such as images of Christ, the Mother of God, Apostles, prophets from the Hebrew Scriptures, events and people from the time of Jesus and the inception of the Church, holy men and women from Church tradition, and the heavenly hosts (angels, archangels, cherubim, and seraphim).

Archangel Michael
Christ all Merciful Archangel Gabriel

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