The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer

The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer

by Frederica Mathewes-Green
     
 

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In this book, Frederica Mathewes-Green invites us to experience a part of Christian worship that is often enigmatic in today's Western world�Orthodox icons. Mathewes-Green, one of America's best-loved spiritual guides, welcomes us into an imaginary church to view twelve of the world's most significant icons throughout the church year. As our understanding of these

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In this book, Frederica Mathewes-Green invites us to experience a part of Christian worship that is often enigmatic in today's Western world�Orthodox icons. Mathewes-Green, one of America's best-loved spiritual guides, welcomes us into an imaginary church to view twelve of the world's most significant icons throughout the church year. As our understanding of these icons is enhanced by seeing them in their natural setting, our faith is enhanced by the eloquence of the icons themselves. We come to understand that icons are more than stand-alone examples of Christian art; they are vital companions in the household of faith.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
When traveling in a foreign country, it is nice to have a guide who has visited your own land and can offer keen observation, appropriate context and lively translation. Orthodox Christian convert Mathewes-Green, one of America's foremost apologists for the faith, has in previous works (At the Corner of East and Now; Facing East) shown herself to be such an escort, making her denomination's ancient faith and practice-which can seem austere and demanding-both accessible and sympathetic. Framed as a visit to an imaginary Orthodox church, this series of meditations on icons-depictions of biblical and church history figures in paint, mosaic and other media-serves not only as an art history lesson but an examination of their role in public devotion and private prayer. Mathewes-Green pulls the reader right into the sanctuary with her, which gives the book immediacy and perspective. Theological conundrums and historical explanations that might seem turgid and dry become compelling and vivid in her skilled hands. For the Orthodox, as Mathewes-Green explains, icons are objects of veneration because they can transport believers closer to the presence of God. Redolent with the drama of liturgy, soaked in church history and laced with quotations from the Bible and Orthodox hymns, this slight volume offers rewards for both the intellectually curious and the religious seeker. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557253415
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
Paraclete Pocket Faith Ser.
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
4.81(w) x 6.93(h) x 0.79(d)

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