This is a site devoted to Holy Orthodox Icons.
For those of you who are interested in such sacred images, I hope you have already gained much from contemplating and praying before them. Perhaps you have already experienced an Icon “speaking” to you. But of course an icon doesn’t speak to you anymore than a book speaks to you. What you gain from a book comes through either reading or hearing the words read to you. Moreover, what you gain is dependant upon how much of the language you understand.
The language of Holy Icons is symbolism. Without this symbolism, no artist could ever hope to depict what is shown in Holy Icons: the eternal, heavenly, realm. The symbolism used is not mysterious, nor is it difficult to grasp; but neither is it part of the school curriculum. Therefore, what is meant to be an economic, beautiful, and powerful way of communicating spiritual truth is often hidden from the majority of us today. It is hidden but not lost, because throughout the ages the language, tradition, methods, theology, and basic truth of Holy Icons have been preserved by humble, pious people. By saints. What I present and explain here is the fruit of their labours.
To God be all the glory!
(6th Monday after Pentecost, 2010)
Some articles to begin with: