from St. Theodore the Studite

People have been debating the suitability of making images for use in liturgy and prayer for centuries.  One of my favorite defenses for the making of images comes from St. Theodore the Studite, one of the Desert Fathers whose wisdom and teaching formed the thinking of the early Christians.  The essence of every icon is the image of Christ, and every icon witnesses to the Incarnation of God.

The inconceivable is conceived in the womb of a virgin.

 The unmeasurable became 3 cubits high; the unqualifiable acquires a quality; the undefinable stands up, sits down and lies down; He who is everywhere is put into a crib. 

He who is above time gradually reaches the age of 12;

He who is formless appears with the shape of a man; and the incorporeal enters into a body. 

Therefore, the same is describable and indescribable.

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About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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One Response to from St. Theodore the Studite

  1. SR says:

    Is there truly any better way to put it??? I am glad you posted this. I love your last sentence also regarding an icon is the image of Christ and a witness to the incarnation of God. Excellent point!!! Awaitng your next Icon. God Bless, SR

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