Question of the Day for Thursday, August 8, 2013
Q. I find icons mesmerizing. I also heard that painting one is a form of praying. Could you explain more?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
Western Christianity appears to take its art for granted. This is not the case in the East. The second Council of Nicaea (787) affirmed the value of “representational artwork, which accords with the preaching of the Gospel. For it confirms that the incarnation was … real and not imaginary” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1160). The New Catholic Encyclopedia states, “The seventh ecumenical council puts the icon on the same level as the Holy Scriptures, seeing in it an expression of Revelation on a par with them.”
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