An Icon accompanies man throughout whole life, from his birth until the end of his earthly journey. There is a custom of giving Icons as a gift, and great opportunities to do so include weddings, baptism, confirmation, first communion, anniversary, birthday or name day. It happens more and more often that individuals also want to have a genuine Icon in their homes, written on a board and not only some paper prints, decoupage or reproductions made by thermo-transfer or multi-colour pad printing.

An Icon is the common heritage of all Christians. Icons fulfil similar functions to the Bible, because what is presented in words in the Bible, an Icon shows using lines and colours. An Icon painter communicates the same what a priest does. The only difference is that they use paint rather than words. They teach with colours and that is why an Icon is called the Gospel in colours and lines. Therefore, Icons are said to be written and not painted. In our atelier, Icons are created in accordance with the strict canons, that is, the rules for Icon makers, defined by the Church after the turbulent period of Iconoclasm. They are canonical Icons.

[Shortly speaking ,] we preserve the entire tradition of the Church, passed to us, both written and unwritten, intact. One of the elements of this tradition is painting of images in such a way that the painting is consistent with the message provided by the Gospels, and these images confirm that the Word of God really was a man and not just a fantasy, so that we benefit from this by being consolidated in this faith. For the image and the thing that it represents indicate each other and are clear reflections of each other. This way, following a royal road with God’s teachings of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (as we know that is where the Holy Spirit resides), with all thr precision and care for faith, we pronounce that the object of worship should not only be images of precious and life-giving Cross, but also the venerable and holy images (painted, arranged in a mosaic or made otherwise), which are reverently placed in the holy churches of God, on liturgical vessels and vestments, on the walls or on a board, at homes or along the roads. They are representations of our Lord Jesus Christ, God and Saviour, our Immaculate Lady, Mother of God, worthy of worship angels and all the saints and holy men. The more often faithful people will look at their pictorial representations, the more they will encourage each other to remember and love the prototypes, to worship them and bow down before them. However, they are not given such adoration which, according to our belief, is due only to the Nature of God. They are given tribute by offering incense and lightning candles, just like it is done before the images of the precious and life-giving Cross, holy Gospels and other objects of worship, like it used to be in a pious custom of our ancestors. “Worship given to the images is passed to the prototype”, and who pays homage to the image, pays it to the Being that is depicted by this image.”, a fragment of the Decree of Faith of the Council of Nicea II of 787.


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