Category Archives: Sculpture

See No Evil

“Speaking about good images and good memories, I am really concerned about the images children get exposed to through the mass media,” Marina interrupted. “I see the results in my practice.” “It is disastrous,” Father Maximos agreed. “Children should be … Continue reading

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Rejecting Nicea

The Ecumenical Councils condemned specific doctrines, not merely denominations. In the year 325 A.D., the First Ecumenical Council was convened in the city of Nicea. In an effort to accurately articulate the doctrine of the Trinity, the first draft of the Nicene … Continue reading

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The Ascension of Christ

MP3 Audio:  WS330292_Dn-Joseph_Ascension.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, June 16, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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Icons Conquer Idols

Do not think about a golden calf. Whatever you do, do not think about a golden calf. Stop thinking about golden calves. What are you thinking about right now? It is impossible to drive away unwanted thoughts by focusing on … Continue reading

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It’s Who I Am

How many in here have heard of a famous singer named Jessica Andrews? A few years back she had a big song playing on the radio called “Who I Am.” The chorus of it goes, I am Rosemary’s granddaughter, the spitting image … Continue reading

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Bowing Down to a Faceless Idol

Before the Incarnation, it was idolatrous to make an image of God. Now that the Incarnation has taken place, it would be idolatrous not to make images of Him. When a religion rejects images of God, it sends the message that God is … Continue reading

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An Overview of the Iconoclastic Controversy

The imperial leader of the initial iconoclastic outbreak was the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor, Leo III, who put forth a series of official decrees in opposition to icons.  Officially, it was in the year 726 that “Leo III introduced iconoclasm” (Andrew … Continue reading

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3D Orthodox Icons

In the previous article, we explored the Orthodox Church’s inheritance of iconography from ancient Israel.  Today, we will consider three-dimensional iconography in both Israel and the Church. The Orthodox Church is rich with icons, both 2D and 3D. Three-dimensional icons can … Continue reading

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Ancient Jewish Icons

Ancient Jewish synagogues were filled with icons. While Scripture required the inside of the Jerusalem Temple to display icons of angels, the icons in Jewish synagogues depicted numerous scenes from Scripture, including: Abraham offering Isaac, The Rescue of Baby Moses, Moses … Continue reading

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