Praying with Icons

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First published ten years ago, Praying with Icons has been widely recognized as a modern spiritual classic. Both for readers familiar with this tradition as well as newcomers, Forest describes the history and theology behind icons, how they are made, and how they are used as a guide to prayer. Icons, he shows, are not simply illustrations or "art" in the usual sense, but aids to prayer and contemplation, windows on the divine. Drawing on a rich selection of classic and contemporary icons, he offers a series of ...

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Overview

First published ten years ago, Praying with Icons has been widely recognized as a modern spiritual classic. Both for readers familiar with this tradition as well as newcomers, Forest describes the history and theology behind icons, how they are made, and how they are used as a guide to prayer. Icons, he shows, are not simply illustrations or "art" in the usual sense, but aids to prayer and contemplation, windows on the divine. Drawing on a rich selection of classic and contemporary icons, he offers a series of meditative reflections on some of the most typical images, including Christ, Mary, and the saints.

About the Author:
Jim Forest, a convert to the Russian Orthodox Church, lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570757587
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 264,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I In the Image of God
A Short History of Icons 3
Qualities of the Icon 12
The Making of an Icon 17
Prayers of an Iconographer 23
Rules for the Icon Painter 24
Color in Iconography 26
Pt. II Prayer
The Need to Pray 29
Praying in Body and Soul 40
Pt. III The Face of the Savior and Icons of the Great Feasts
Christ, Pantocrator: Lord of Creation 53
Annunciation 57
Christ's Nativity 60
Christ's Baptism: Theophany 65
Transfiguration 69
The Raising of Lazarus 73
Entry into Jerusalem 76
The Holy Supper 79
Crucifixion 81
Resurrection 85
Ascension 89
The Descent of the Holy Spirit 92
Holy Trinity 96
The Dormition of the Mother of God 101
Pt. IV The Saints
Devotion to the Saints 105
The Mother of God of Tenderness 111
The Mother of God of the Sign 115
Sts. Anne and Joachim 117
Archangels 119
St. John the Forerunner 122
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker 125
St. George the Dragon Slayer 127
St. Sergius of Radonezh 129
St. Seraphim of Sarov 131
Holy Fools 136
Pt. V Prayers of the Day
Morning Prayer 147
Evening Prayer 154
Compline 156
Prayers of Intercession 158
The Litany of Peace 161
Obtaining Icons or Icon Prints 163
Notes 167
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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This book gives the reader incite as to how and why Orthodox Christians view/incorporate icons in their lives. As an Orthodox Christian, I found a new perspective on icons; the details found in different icons, details on the painting of icons. Very fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    The review doesn't match the book.

    Who is Ledy and why don't we have a review of Jim Forest's excellent book, "Praying With Icons"?

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