Learn about the Icon of St. Matthew – PISTEVO – The Art of Belief

Learn about the Icon of St. Matthew – PISTEVO – The Art of Belief

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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.

St. Matthew “was the evangelist who was a Jew and a tax-collector referred to as Levi before he was

Source:   A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons

Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons

called by Christ, Whom be followed. He is the author of the First Gospel”,  notes Rev. George Mastrantonis.

An excellent article, ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’ explains:

“Like John, St. Matthew also authored a Gospel account, and so likewise is usually depicted holding a large Book. Whether in portrait or in Icons depicting Biblical scenes, Matthew has long, wavy, white beard and closer-cropped hair. As a deliberate anachronism to aid identification, he may also be shown holding the Gospel Book in Icons with Christ depicting Biblical scenes. Matthew may sometimes be shown with a winged man, the symbol associated with his Gospel.”

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

Rev. Mastrantonis further helps us understand St. Matthew by explaining that:

“In his genealogy of Jesus Christ, he emphasizes the Lord’s human nature and origin. Therefore, in Christian symbolism, Matthew has been represented by the figure of man (cf Rev 4:7). The icon of Matthew in the Orthodox Church is to be found in one of the four triangles which are formed by the arches connected to the dome of the Church.”

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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.

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.

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.

WATCH PISTEVO

“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”.

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


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