Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stained Glass Icons in Orthodox Churches

It is not a usual picture to see when entering an Orthodox Church; however, stained glass icons are evidently present in a number of churches in both the East and the West. Orthodoxy retains its theology in regards to the icons, being therefore against the tradition of statues; nevertheless, it seems to have adopted a ‘Western’ tradition, i.e. stained glass depictions. 

These icons or depictions comprise of Saints, of events, or merely symbols which reminds us of the early Christian period. These stained glasses give a unique and beautiful character to the Church, showing how the faithful are embraced by the presence of the saints, i.e. of the role models we should all have if we are to attain salvation and communion with God.               

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