Watch PISTEVO & Be Inspired by Iconography

Watch PISTEVO & Be Inspired by Iconography

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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.

We invite you to watch  PISTEVO – “I Believe”, and join us in raising awareness of iconography as a window to finding and fostering one’s faith.

Picture of Father Elias Villis at Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye NY

Father Elias G. Villis, Parish Priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye NY

Traditionally, vibrant images of the saints and martyrs have adorned the walls of Orthodox Christian churches as part of its theology throughout the world. The community of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, NY recently completed its sacred mission of installing iconography in an effort to enhance the spirituality of the congregation.  Father Elias G. Villis, Parish Priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour, believed that bringing the iconography project to fruition was the will of God.  PISTEVO captures their inspirational story.

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.

PISTEVO was created to inspire the faithful. This extraordinary story needed to be told,” said Michael Psaros.  “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.”

Father Chris Metropulos adds, “The icons depicted in PISTEVO represent windows into heaven.  They allow us to witness what heaven must be like.  In a world filled with imagery, sometime rather graphic imagery, the Saints, Martyrs, Apostles appear to give us hope that all is not lost and that God has a plan for each of us.  The Apostles doubted just like you and me.  Their doubts, however, were tempered by the fact that they had seen, walked, talked and listened to the Lord themselves. One can only imagine what they were feeling and what they wanted to transmit to the next generation.  The New Testament is a Living Testament to that very fact.”

“By sharing the story of how the community at the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, New York, worked together to bring iconography to their church, we hope to provide insightful perspectives to those interested in the history, the art, and the meaning of iconography to motivate others to find the same inspiration that we have found through this life-changing project,” noted Mark Brodie, Director of PISTEVO.


Inspired by PISTEVO

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 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 nickmavrick@myocn.net.

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.

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.

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.”

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


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