Home the orthodox faith feasts saints the lives of the saints information on the lives of many saints commemorated during the liturgical year with icons pertaining to that saint or feastday the north american saints biographies and other resources also available in downloadable pdf format icons of the church year. An icon from the greek word eikon image is a wooden panel painting of a holy person or scene from orthodox christianity the religion of the byzantine empire that is practiced today mainly in greece and russia. Eastern orthodox churches have a practice of bowing to icons 2 dimensional images of saints and jesus they call it veneration and they say it does not violate the second commandments prohibition against the making of images. Chapters focus on the role of icons in the orthodox liturgy and on common iconic subjects including the fathers and saints of the eastern church and the life of jesus and his followers the volume includes a wealth of color illustrations in which details are called out for discussion
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