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Watch the Documentary PISTEVO “I Believe” — The sacred theology of Iconography Comes to Life

By Sampson Kasapakis from The Orthodox Christian Network on June 28, 2015

PISTEVO “I believe”, is a stunning 17-minute film packed with vivid imagery depicting the life of Jesus Christ and His saints. The independent documentary depicts a community coming together to complete the centuries-old mission of iconography at the Greek Orthodox Church of our Saviour in Rye, NY.

Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures. Yet even today, centuries

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Upon completing the Iconography Project, how did it change our community?

The community of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour worked together to honor their sacred theology by bringing the iconography project to fruition. It was through prayer, commitment, and faith that the parishioners completed the project, and many have expressed that being surrounded by the saints and martyrs gives them a feeling of spiritual transformation.

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Why is Iconography important to Orthodox Christians?

For Orthodox Christians, the liturgy was designed to awaken all of the senses.

The vivid imagery of iconography sparks an unforgettable visual experience for parishioners. Originally, iconography was used to teach the lessons of Christianity to those who could not read, which is why it is not considered art. It is considered to be a form of writing and a window to heaven. The iconographer himself views it as an act of prayer.


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