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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.
The Art of Belief Episode I – The Next Generation on “PISTEVO”
On Sunday, June 21, 2015, PISTEVO “I Believe” premiered at the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, New York.
Following the blessing of the iconography by Archbishop Demetrios and the screening of the film, PISTEVO’s crew sat down with three young parishioners of the Church of Our Saviour. These representatives of the next generation of the Greek Orthodox Church gave their reactions to the vibrant documentary – PISTEVO – “I Believe”.
Watch and listen to the Next Generation share their thoughts on PISTEVO, Orthodox Christianity and the role of Iconography in their lives.
“The Orthodox Church is all about the experiences, it is all about the senses in how you experience God within the Church”, said Sotiri Michalatos, a young parishioner at Church of Our Saviour in Rye NY. “You walk into the church, the incense is the smell, you hear the chanting, you pickup a candle, you touch, you put it in the sand, do the sign of your cross, you kiss Icons, then you open your eyes. The Icons really do help you to connect with God if you let them”.
Sotiri Michalatos adds, “The point of the film is to spread Orthodoxy. We have freedom here. We can worship here in peace. We can connect with God. And that is what our goal is as Orthodox Christians. Icons are a big part of Orthodox theology”.
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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