The icon - a symbol of faith and salvation, this particular image faces of the saints, the Son of God and the Virgin.
Icons There are many, they are honored in a special way, but always canonical.
There is even a classification icons.
Icon - invisible thread, a connection between the earthlythe world and the kingdom of God. Mistaken one who calls the icon painting. Flight of fancy of the artist in this case is totally out of place, everything is subject to severe canons. Different Technique: painting, embroidery, woodcarving, Old Believers prefer casting.
The icon accompanies every important stage in the lifehuman. Depending on the image, and the destination, you can determine the types of icons. Some of the most common - dimensional icons, from the word "measure", "size". These icons are made on the growth endows the newborn, they should accompany him to the end. The icon indicates the name of the Guardian Angel.
Family icon - on such shows the patrons of all family members. Each one of them is selected by name. Typically, the patron saint of the image on the icon of a family coincides with the image on each dimensional.
On the way to God, man constantly carries with him an impressive luggage requests and desires. Assist in the implementation of the planned icons "on every needful."
Family well-being suited Virgin "fadeless color" Nicholas will help the traveler on the go, and Nicholas Ugodnik - the guarantor of a successful marriage.
Wedding couple: Mother of God and Jesus - pictures, carefully stored all newlyweds prosperous family life. Impossible church ceremony without wedding icons, it is believed that if one of them gets lost - it would weaken the power of a talisman.
What name is given at baptism, a guardian angel and appointed. His face is depicted on the icon and prayer support in difficult times, the icon with his picture called names.
Old Believer icons differ dark faces, numerous inscriptions, cast base. Originally Russian tradition - the defining features of the icons created by opponents of innovations.
Of great importance is the plot icon. This could be an image of the Holy Trinity and the Savior, the interpretation of the Bible story iconographer, options image of the Virgin, the saints or angels. For the true believer, each icon - a unique symbol, allegory of communication "between heaven and earth."