The Orthodox Icon: Logocentric Meanings and Formative Dimensions
Orthodox iconography renders precisely the education of the Church about Christ the Saviour, about the Mother of God or any other of the saints. The icon is a calling (from the Latin term vocatus meaning „to call”, „to cry”), which means that those who „make” an icon have to gave a special calling to holiness. The Church distinguishes in the concept of “vision” the common part from the metaphysical part, by contemplating what is not seen in what is seen, and it contemplates the eternal in the ephemeral. Along these lines we can affirm that the true icon expresses the spiritual experience of holiness. There are two dialogue axes in the icon: the first one represents the dialogue between the icon painter and God, which is the communication that generates the other axis, the secondary one, of the brother who will approach the icon and communicate to God, too.