Icons - Saints and Elders
Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:18 AM
Say for example Elder Thaddeus of Serbia (Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives)? Seems I've seen some of folks that are in-between death and glorification in the Church. Just curious. Thanks!
Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:06 AM
There have been occasions where icons with all the usual details have been painted of people not yet "officially" proclaimed as saints. Few of these have actually been later recognised in this way by the Church. One who comes to mind where the gun was jumped (to borrow Andreas' term), but where many correctly regarded the proclamation of his sanctity as inevitable, was St John of Shanghai and San Francisco. The first icon painted of him was in 1966, shortly after his repose. He was officially glorified in 1993.
My personal view is that I feel that this sort of portrayal resembling an icon should be kept to an absolute minimum. I would regard any such portrayal to be unacceptable if the person so depicted is still alive.
Edited by Olga, 18 December 2012 - 10:31 PM.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:58 AM
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Elder Sophrony is one of the 'saints-in-waiting' and is considered a great saint (not least be Met. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos). But the icon is too early even though the faithful pray to him, offer incense to his photograph, and ask his help and intercession.
A part of the monastery here in Essex has wall paintings showing the life of St Silouan and some of the scenes depict Fr Sophrony, but he is shown without a halo. This can be painted in in due course.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 01:02 PM
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:52 AM
Christ Paul rejects icons and it make people to worship idols. In Jesus, we need to worship our Father God in Truth and Spirit - John4.
A Bishop from the Russian states stressed that he would not canonise the Samaritan Woman at the Well for her marrying one husband after the other.
Is that right when she is St.Photina?
I tend to equate spiritual fathers with elders, in that they are very rare. Others call the priest who hears their confessions their spiritual father. I don't have a problem with them doing that, but I don't do it myself. To me, real spiritual fathers are rare and have certain qualities not all priests who hear confessions have.
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