Includes 18 color plates.
The beauty of Orthodox Christian icons is being appreciated more and more in the Western world. But this beauty is not only to be understood artistically: icons were created by Christians within the rich Orthodox tradition where they are at the centre of prayer and reflection.
The Christian year is full of great feasts, such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Beautifully illustrated with color plates, Festival Icons for the Christian Year introduces the general render to the most important icons of the Orthodox Church associated with these major festivals, accompanied by words of prayer and liturgy.
Discussion of each festival includes backgrounds information, extracts from the associated liturgical texts, detailed analysis on the icon illustrated with information about its development, and comment on the theological and spiritual significance of the festival and its icon.
Written by a Western Christian who has come to value the Orthodox tradition of iconography, Festival Icons for the Christian Year opens up aspects of Christian discipleship which have been handed on to us by the Orthodox tradition of iconography, and shows how icons take us into the heart of the Christian revelation, engaging our heart, mind, body and soul.
John Baggley is the author of the highly successful Doors of Perception (Mowbray and St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1996). He is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, currently working in Blackbird Leys, Oxford.