Praying with Icons


Christ icon

Christ Pantokrator Icon 6th century

Around the year 1000, the Christian Church split East and West– Orthodox in the East, Catholic in the West.  One of the many areas of dispute was praying with icons, and this prayer practice was kept alive only in the Eastern traditions.  Today, many Christians are rediscovering the power of praying with icons.  This prayer practice understands that the icon (usually a representation of Christ, a saint, or of a Biblical story) is a window to the living presence of God.  The icon becomes a tool for prayer to help us “just be” in God’s loving presence.   To learn more about praying with icons, read this blog post from the Anam Cara Community.


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