Iconography is given to us not only through the Fathers of the Church, but also from the Apostles and Jesus Christ Himself. For example, when we paint Jesus as a human we paint Him only because we saw Him as a perfect human among us without sin (Baruch 3). Furthermore, we know that Jesus is more that the Logos. In fact, He is the icon of His Father "icon of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15), and "the refulgence of His glory, the very imprint of His being" (Heb. 1:3). Similarly we present God as the Elder, just like Daniel saw Him (Daniel 7); and the Holy Spirit like a dove and fiery tongues as It appeared during the Baptism of Jesus and at The Pentecost. As for the Theotokos, the saints, and angels we painted them not to worship them but to honor them. We do not pay any attention to the material of the icon but rather we honor the prototype that is painted on the wood, canvas or wall. We honor all of them in the spirit of the seventh Ecumenical Council which defined the honoring of the icons according to the Tradition of the Church, beginning with the first icon of Jesus that was painted without hands (mandilion icon) and the icons of the Theotokos and Peter and Paul painted by St Luke.
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