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. Simon – PISTEVO – The Art of Belief
St. Simon “was called Cananaean and Zealot, two terms of the same Hebrew word”, notes Rev. George Mastrantonis.
An excellent article, ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’ explains:
“Not to be confused with St. Peter, who was previously named Simon bar-Jonah, the Apostle Simon was from Cana, and is the bridegroom of the famous Wedding at Cana. He is always shown with grey curly hair and beard, though with a higher forehead than St. Peter.”
(Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons)
Rev. Mastrantonis further helps us understand St. Simon by noting:
“According to the Apocryphal “Passion of Simon and Jude”, both of them preached and underwent martyrdom in Persia. In the New Testament, Simon, one of the brethren of the Lord, was identified with Simon the Apostle. There were many other bearing the same name in the New Testament.”
- ‘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”.