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.
Learn about the Icon of St. Jude PISTEVO – The Art of Belief
St. Jude is the Apostle referred to in the Gospel as “Judas of James”, “Judas not the Iscariot”. He also is known as Thaddaeus or Lebbacus”, notes Rev. George Mastrantonis.
An excellent article, ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’ explains:
“Jude is also sometimes called Levi or Thaddeus, and “Jude” is sometimes rendered Judas. Nevertheless, he
is not to be confused with the Apostle Matthew (also called “Levi”), St. Thaddeus one of Jesus’ seventy disciples, or especially Judas Iscariot. The author of the Biblical Epistle which carries his name, the “Apostles’ Scroll” in his hand may sometimes show a quote from his own writing. Otherwise, St. Jude is identified as a mature man with curly brown (sometimes grey) beard and hair. As he was related to Jesus Christ through Joseph, husband of Mary, the appelation “brother of the Lord” (or “adelphos” in Greek) may be found on Icons.”
(Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons)
Rev. Mastrantonis further helps us understand St. Jude by noting:
“Jude was the brother of James (or the son of James RV), the “brethren of the Lord” – the Lord’s relative. Jude is the author of the Epistle of Jude. The Apocryphal “Passion of Simon and Jude” depicted them in Persia where they preached and underwent martyrdom.”
- ‘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
INSPIRED BY PISTEVO
At the Orthodox Christian Network, we remain inspired by PISTEVO, meaning “I Believe”, a stunning 17-minute film packed with vivid imagery depicting the life of Jesus Christ and His saints. 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.
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.
Inspired by PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church. 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.
“PISTEVO was created to inspire the faithful. This extraordinary story needed to be told. We witnessed the transformation of our community through the Ministry of Iconography, and stand as witnesses to the power of faith. We encourage everyone who is blessed to receive this film, to please share it with as many of the faithful throughout the Orthodox World as possible. God Bless You.” – Michael Psaros
We invite you to watch the epic film, PISTEVO, directed by Director, Mark Brodie, and written and produced by Taryn Grimes Herbert that expresses “why we honor the traditions of our theology and share our spiritual experience with the Orthodox world”.