- Aug 15, 2021
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- Encinitas, CA
- Greek Orthodox
- Metropolis of San Francisco
I also saw a video of an Orthodox church where they had icons in the pews.Blessed theophany,
This reminds me of the cardboard cutouts of spectators they were displaying in empty stadiums during covid. They actually put pictures of season ticket holders on the cutouts themselves and in their appropriate seats. While the actual spectators were at home watching the games.
Church itself is an icon of the day of resurrection and you are rehearsing and/or actually living the moment out in the present. So the emphasis is on the parishioners, just as it is for players in a football game. It's a matter of contest, the people in church are going through the motions of salvation and the icons represent the seen. From the time of baptism on. You have to look through the icon and see the actual person that is depicted.
BTW: the icon in my avitar is panagia prousiotissa and holy tradition states it was written by st. Luke the apostle himself.
I think there is an issue with bowing to and kissing bosses and friends. Maybe better would be to bow to or kiss a dearly beloved elderly relative, who has given up a lot for you.Most of the dogmatic works we have (eg, various lists of anathemas) do not mention kissing at all, but rather more generic positive terms (salute, venerate, etc) or a list of negative terms to avoid in relation to icons (insulting, mocking, denying, blaspheming, etc). So we would have to consider how the person treats other people. Do they shake hands with a boss or touch the shoulder of friends, but refuse to touch the hands or shoulders depicted on icons? That's pretty clearly an anathema. Now if they have a generic problem with authority or touching in general, that's a whole other matter, but it should be easy to investigate how they treat their friends and superiors and see if they behave similarly around icons.