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Byzantine Iconography - Iconography Students Writing Icons

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Published on Jun 16, 2009

Fr. Marek instructs students about iconography in his first of two summer classes being held at St. Emilian's Byzantine Catholic Church in Brunswick, Ohio. For an entire week, students, who gathered from around the country, attend classes to be introduced to the ancient art of "writing icons". Unlike religious paintings that tell a story, an icon is theology in color.

Here, we see the students follow master iconographer, Father Marek's example in writing the icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, the real Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas not only cared for the poor, but intervened on behalf of those slated for capital punishment and defended the Christian faith at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea.

At the end of the week long class, the students will join father in having their icons blessed at the Divine Liturgy. They will then take them home for devotional purposes.

Icons are not objects of worship.

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