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Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church. Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures. Please join us in raising awareness of iconography as a window into heaven & finding and fostering one’s faith.
Learn About the Icon of Saint Andrew
“A disciple of John the Baptist, Andrew heard him refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God. Andrew asked for an audience
and saw Jesus for a day, then proclaimed, “We have found the Messiah,” in itself a creed and confession for the Christian faith., explains Rev. George Mastrantonis.
” I used to go to St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL and that is where I learned of St. Andrew’s story”, said Sampson Kasapakis, Pastoral Assistant, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Director of Development for the Orthodox Christian Network. “He went to areas where they were predominantly pagan to share the word of God and was ridiculed. Eventually, he willingly accepted the decision to be crucified, and while he was on the cross he shared the teaching of our Lord to the people gathering together. I keep the story of St. Andrew, and all the apostles, in my heart since as a Seminarian who graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox school of Theology we are called to go into the world and share the teaching of our Lord.”
In an excellent article, ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’, St. Andrew, the brother of the Apostle Peter, and formerly a disciple of St. John the Baptist, is depicted in icons: “with long unkempt hair, in the manner of the prophet he followed (St. John the Baptist). This makes him one of the most recognizable of Apostles when depicted in scenes showing Jesus’ earthly ministry. Andrew holds a small scroll not to indicate he authored any famous works, but to identify him as a preacher of the Gospel, “one who is sent out”, i.e. an Apostle.”
Father Chris Metropulos, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross and Founding Father of the Orthodox Christian Network notes “the Apostles or Disciples as they are termed present a living witness to all of us faith, hope but especially courage. They did what few would do today and that is swim upstream against the current of the popular teachings of the time”.
(Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons).
Rev. Mastrantonis further helps us understand St. Andrew by explaining that he:
“Although not one of the inner circle, he played the first role in several events which are recorded. Eusebius in his Church History states that Andrew later went to Scythia. According to tradition he was martyred at Patras, Greece, crucified on an X-shaped cross, which since has become known as St. Andrew’s Cross. He is regarded as being connected with the writing of St. John’s Gospel. According to tradition, he is the founder of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.”
- ‘The Twelve Apostles’, by Rev. George Mastrantonis, biserica.org
- ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’ by A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons
Partial List of Churches Named After St. Andrew
- St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL
- St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA
- St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Lansing MA
- Saint Andrew Orthodox Church in Arlington, WA
- Saint Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia PA
Please Share! – We Invite You to Share Your Faith & Icons
How Can You Get Involved?
1. Share Your Favorite Saint(s) & Icons(s)
- Take a photo of your favorite icon.
- Write a few sentences of 30 words or less about your faith, the icon & the Saint’s significance in your life.
2. Email the photo and text to: InspiredbyPistevo@myocn.net
- We will notify you when your photo & text is uploaded to the Orthodox Christian Network web site (myocn.net) and Facebook page – – – and shared with millions worldwide! We look forward to hearing from you.
INSPIRED BY PISTEVO
Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO & The Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, New York, the Orthodox Christian Network is embarking on a major initiative to feature iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church over the next several months and years to come. Please watch PISTEVO – “I Believe”, and join us in raising awareness of iconography as a window to finding and fostering one’s faith.
We invite you to share your experiences as to how icons have fostered your faith. Please post to the Orthodox Christian Network’s Facebook page or email us at InspiredByPistevo@myocn.net.
Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures. Yet even today, centuries later, iconography remains a spiritually powerful part of Orthodox Christian theology. For many, the images enhance one’s ability to go deeper into the exploration and appreciation of their faith.
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The independent documentary depicts a community coming together to complete the centuries-old mission of iconography led by Father Elias Villis at the Greek Orthodox Church of our Saviour in Rye, NY.
The epic film, PISTEVO, directed by Director, Mark Brodie, and written and produced by Taryn Grimes Herbert, expresses “why we honor the traditions of our theology and share our spiritual experience with the Orthodox world.”
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