The icon is a symbol of faith and salvation, these are special images of the faces of the saints, the son of God and the Virgin.
The icon is known for a lot, they are revered in a special way, but are always canonical.
There is even a classification of icons.
The icon is an invisible thread, a certain connection between the earthlyPeace and kingdom of God. Erroneous is he who calls the icon a picture. The flight of the artist's fantasy in this case is completely out of place, everything is subject to strict canons. Technique of execution is different: painting, embroidery, carving, Old Believers prefer casting.
The icon accompanies every important stage in lifeRights. Depending on the image and destination, you can define the types of icons. One of the most common - dimensional icons, from the word "measure", "size". These icons are made according to the growth of the gifted newborn, they must accompany it until the end of the day. The icon indicates the name of the Guardian Angel.
Family icon - this depicts the patrons of all family members. Each of them is selected by name. Usually the image of the patron on the family icon coincides with the image on each dimension.
On the way to God, a man always carries with him an impressive baggage of requests and desires. They help in the realization of the conceived icon "for every need."
For the family well-being, the Virgin "Undying color" approaches, Nicholas the Wonderworker will help the traveler on the road, and Nikolai the Sinner is the guarantor of successful marriage.
Wedding couple: The Mother of God and Jesus are the images carefully kept by the newlyweds all the happy family life. Church rite without the Crown icons is impossible, it is believed that if one of them is lost - it will weaken the power of the amulet.
What name is given at baptism, such Guardian Angel is appointed. His face is portrayed on the icon and supports the person praying in a difficult moment, the icon with its image is called personal.
Old Believer icons are distinguished by their dark faces, numerous inscriptions, and a cast base. Aboriginal Russian traditions are the defining features of icons created by opponents of innovations.
Of great importance is the plot of the icon itself. It can be an image of the Holy Trinity and Savior, the treatment of the iconographer of the plot from the Bible, the versions of the image of the Virgin, the saints or the Angels. For a true believer, each icon is a unique symbol, an allegory of the connection "between heaven and earth."