God’s word, the Icon and the Eucharist: the terms of a profound liturgical report

10 July 2014

Starting with the first centuries of existence, the Christianity – more than other religions, which are using the art as a form of expression – develops an undeniable visual character. This feature is more emphasized in the Eastern Christianity and it is more dignified especially within the cult of the Orthodox Church. Thus, from the liturgical point of view, the icon owns a theophanic character alike the Scripture. Here it is why, for the Christian Orient, the icon becomes a “visible word”, the Truth’s predication being made also throughout images. The liturgical experience of the Orthodox Church emphasized the strong link between the icon and the Eucharist because both are understood as faces of the same eschatological reality which is Christ. The present study emphasizes the intimate report which sets up within the liturgical orthodox cult between the icon and the Scripture and also between the icon and the Eucharist.