The history of Icons in the context of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church must be understood within the framework of a theological and historical perspective. Theological in that we as a Church have a definitive standpoint on Icons; and that theology has be shaped by various historical developments within the history of Malankara. This session will attempt to explore the development of Icons in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, specifically; but will further explore the influence of other Orthodox Christian traditions and their contribution to that development. In addition, we want to also explore how this development is on going; that is, that we are current living in a time where we see the adaptation of different iconographic “traditions” molding itself visually into the churches here in America and India.
Now that we know what icons are and how to read them, how do we use them? Here we'll go over some basic instruction on placing, venerating, and experiencing prayer with icons.
We will discuss the elements of an icon including color, perspective, light, and other components. You will enrich your experience with icons once you understand how to read them
In this session, we will cover popular misunderstandings of iconography by going over examples of icons and other images to further illustrate the point.
This session we will cover the scriptural perspective of icons and why they are so important. We will cover the seventh ecumenical council and how even though we were not a participant, agree fully with the results of the council.
In this session, we will discuss what icons are, both in the modern secular sense, and in the classical Orthodox sense. We will compare and contrast the two perspectives and end with understanding their purpose.
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