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Friday, June 09, 2006

Icons

Memorial of St. Ephrem

Today in my inbox, I received a note from Fr. Michael Durka of St. Ephrem Harp of the Spirit Orthodox Mission in Olympia, WA pointing me to an image of a commissioned icon of St. Benedict, with Latin text of his Rule, (scroll down) "written" by his wife, Heather Williams Durka. It is interesting that I received this e-mail because I have acquired several icons, but the Troglodytrix and I have not yet agreed on a fitting location in our home. Perhaps this is some sort of sign (if you're into that sort of thing).

Icons have long been recognized in the Church. While the two-dimensional images are now primarily identified with Eastern and Orthodox Churches, there is significant agreement with the Catholic Church on basic principles of iconography. One difference in emphasis by Catholics, created by Pope St. Gregory the Great, is that icons present Scripture to the illiterate. Here, I think, is in interesting idea for another way of evangelizing to young children in this modern age.

See here, here, here, and here, to pick but a few, for more info on icons.

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