The Icon

Those little images on computer screens are called ‘icons’ because of the meaning and use of religious icons. Orthodox Christian icons are called “windows to heaven” because they mystically connect us to the heavenly realms. The Seventh Ecumenical Council (A.D. 787) affirmed for us the theology of the icon, including the truth that “what is done before the icon is conveyed to the one it represents.” It is clearly understood that the icon remains wood and paint. It is not what is represented by it, but it is a means of connection or link to that which it represents. (Click to read St. Mary’s story. >>)

I like to think the of Icon like a family picture.  The picture is not the person, and I do not worship the picture.  But the picture helps me to reflect upon that person.

Computer icons, in the same way, are not the programs themselves, but graphical representations of the programs or services whose logos they bear. By clicking on them, one can connect to the powers behind the logos. That is why they are called icons, and not merely logos, images or symbols.

Question: How many of those opposed to ‘VENERATING’ an icon would be opposed to burning a Bible, a cross?, the Quran, or Torah? Why or why not?

Who are you fond of or respect in your family? Do you have a picture of them? What feelings do you have when you look upon that picture? Are you able to differentiate the difference between the picture and the person it reflects?



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