Invoking Saints

Iconography and the Incarnation, Part 4


By Fr. Mark Perkins


Editor's note: See Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 5 here.


This fourth of five sessions begins with a quick review and extension of our "fourfold" reading of the Sinai Pantocrator -- emphasizing and illustrating the role of icons in contemplative prayer and worship. I then discuss the nature of and theological rationale for devotion to the saints as an extension and implication of the Incarnation. (Note that I edited out much of the actual discussion sections, given the incomprehensibility of some of my responses without hearing the audience.)



In our fifth and final section, we will deepen our consideration of iconographic devotion through a variety of Theotokos icons, as well as a reflection on the All Saints icon as a visual representation of the Te Deum.


Fr. Mark Perkins is Curate at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida and Executive Editor of Earth & Altar.

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