The Son of the Father is the first natural and precisely similar image (icon) of the invisible God, for He reveals the Father in His own person.

Christ with Mother of God and John the Baptist

We use all our senses to produce worthy images of Him, and we sanctify the noblest of the senses which is that of sight.. For just as words edify the ear, so also the image stimulates the eye. What the book is to the literate, the image is to the illiterate.

In former times God, who is without form or body, could never be depicted. But now when God is seen in the flesh conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter; I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake, who willed to take His abode in matter; who worked out my salvation through matter.

 John of Damascus




© 2002 Solrunn Nes Developed in cooperation with Øyvind Andersen og Torgeir Ulvedal Nes