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Eastern Orthodox Church Traditions

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Jenna Diaz

on 21 January 2015

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Eastern Orthodox Church Traditions
Icons
An "icon" is essentially an image containing religious content, meaning, etc. that is displayed within a religious centrual (e.g. church)
-to enhance the beauty of the church
-they remind us of important figures in our faith
-they serve as a means of veneration and intercession
-emphasizes Jesus' teachings physically
Major Feast days in the Eastern Orthodox Church and in the Catholic Church
Major spiritual traditions and popular devotions in the Eastern Orthodox Church
Examples of Icons from the eastern Orthodox Tradition
Jenna Diaz
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what is the role of icons in the Orthodox churches?
Eastern Catholic Church vs. Orthodox Church
Eastern Catholic Church
-favored the use of flat images during religious services
-prayed in veneration of them, but not to them in a worshiping sense
Orthodox Church
-shown respect & veneration (e.g. bowing, kissing)
used to teach the faithful about God
-icons served the purpose of aiding the faithful in prayer

Roles Icons could play in fostering Church unity
icons that depict religious images can be shown as a sign of respect, in commemorating a specific holy figure
Icons can allow people of all religions to generate an idea of what people such as Jesus possibly looked like
Icons may a allow a deeper and closer relationship and understanding of God the Father
Eastern Orthodox Church
-Palm Sunday
-Ascension
-Pentecost
-The Nativity of the Theotokos
-The Elevation of the Holy Cross
-The Presentation of the Theotokos
-The Annunciation
Catholic Church
-Annunciation of the Mother of God
-Ascension of Our Lord
-Transfiguration
-Dormition of the Mother of God
-Theopany of Our Lord
-Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
Similarities
Both celebrate the feast days of Palm Sunday, the Ascension, and Pentecost
Both acknowledge significant figures such as Jesus
Differences
The Eastern Orthodox Church constantly celebrates Theotokos
The Catholic Church celebrates Mother Mary and other figures
Major traditions and popular devotions celebrated in the Catholic Church
The Bible is the final say in everything; there are no interpretations
Priests are allowed to be married
religious masses are said in Greek
they allow divorces
The immaculate conception is rejected
The tradition of the Sacraments
Events within the Liturgical Calendar (e.g. Pentecost, Easter, Christmas, Palm Sunday)
priesthood; nunnery
devotion of the saints, apostles, Mary the Mother of God
Similarities and Differences
Eastern Orthodox Church
-priests can marry
-bible is the finally say; no
interpretations
-speak Greek
-they agree with divorce
Catholic Church
-priests can't marry
-the bible can be interpreted by others
-speak a varitety of languages
-don't agree with divorce
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