Learn About the Icon of Saint Peter – The Art of Belief Series

Learn About the Icon of Saint Peter – The Art of Belief Series

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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.

Born in Bethsaida in Galilee, St. Peter “was a fisherman and was named by Jesus Christ “Cephas” (in Greek, Peter),

Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons

Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons

and called to be a fisher of men, an Apostle. In all lists of the Twelve he is named first, and belonged to the inner group of Apostles, explains Rev. George Mastrantonis.

In an excellent article, ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’, St. Peter is described as “easily recognizable by his white, short, curly hair and beard”.  Moreover, St. Peter “is often shown holding a scroll” or “with keys hanging from his belt, a reference to the words Jesus said to him”:

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:  and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:  and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.

(Source:  A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons).

Father Chris Metropulos notes us, “Everything about the Church is a teaching lesson but learning about the lives of the Saints and in this case the Saints lets us know that we are not alone and that others have traveled the path of a faith struggle before us”.  He advises us,  “as you review and witness the miracles of the icons that now adorn the walls of another church in this hemisphere I pray you will allow the Apostles to be a constant reminder of what our purpose is in life”.

Rev. Mastrantonis further helps us understand St. Peter by explaining:

“He was present at the Transfiguration and at the Agony of Christ. When he professed his belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Lord promised that “Thou art Peter and on this rock will I build My Church”, meaning on the rock of faith in the Savior. Peter’s confession of faith was soon followed by a sharp rebuke, from the Lord. Peter said that he would never leave his Lord, and was answered by the prediction of his triple denial, which later took place. Later, Peter made reparation for his triple denial by a triple protestation of love.

After the Ascension, Peter took the leadership of the Apostles. He spoke on the day of Pentecost and was the first to perform a miracle in the name of Jesus. He accepted Cornelius for baptism and thus opened the Church to the Gentiles. His authority is evident at the Apostles’ Council at Jerusalem, although Paul rebuked him for giving in to the demands of the Jewish Christians to disassociate himself from the Gentiles.”

Peter is the founder of the Church in Antioch. He probably went to Rome and was crucified head downward during the reign of Nero (54-68).”

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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.

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ABOUT ICONOGRAPHY

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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WATCH PISTEVO

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.”

Click here to visit The Art of Belief and watch the full length film – PISTEVO.


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