CHURCH ICONOGRAPHYC PROGRAM

Chady Elias CHURCH ICONOGRAPHYC PROGRAM

Iconography and Liturgy

The Icon in the Eastern Church is not a luxury. The icons illustrate the history of the salvation and the life of Jesus, Mary, and all Saints. This work of visual art is based on symbols of the theology illustrated with geometrical forms and meanings for each color, also it includes the history of the church. The icon is an integral aspect of the Liturgy as texts, gestures, and chants. Celebrating liturgy in the Eastern Church without icons is like watching a movie without moving images. 

Iconostasis 

Iconostasis Programs are governed by a number of guidelines and traditions. The rules can vary by region and period and rites. Some Iconostasis has one tier and it can go up to seven tiers. Keep in mind there is some room for variation according to traditions and rites.

Church with Iconostasis

The Easiest way to decide what icons to include in your church program is to start with your Iconostasis.

  1. Decide if you are going to have an Iconostasis in your church or not.

  2. If you want an iconostasis in your church you have to decide how many tiers your Iconostasis will be

  3. Check the post about the Complete Iconostasis program. The rest of the Icons tiers that you are not using in your iconostasis can be spread around the church interior or at least choose some of them.

  4. The Pantocrator inside the main dome if you have one if you don’t have a dome consider having a flat icon of the Pantocrator hanging from the ceiling.

  5. The Most Holy Theotokos as Platytera Ton Ouranon, Enthroned with two Angels Behind the altar.

  6. The last Supper Behind the altar under the Platytera or over the exit door. in front of the altar.  

 See the Icons of the Great Feasts here >>>

Also, consider integrating the following icons in your program:

  1. Saints Icons, including Saints Icons, is a great way to collect donations from Church parishioners and give saint for each family

  2. Angels Icons, you can dedicate Angels for families in your Parish

  3. Seraphim and Cherubim Icons – can be on the church wall or inside the dome with the Pantocrator.

  4. The Pantocrator inside the dome

  5. The four Evangelists on the four corners of the Dome

  6. Sundays Icons, Also include the portable icons that you display every Sunday in your program, usually, the size of this icon is 13in x 16in. these icons can be saints icons and the great feasts.

    Church without Iconostasis

    If you choose to not have an Iconostasis in your church I suggest that you do the followings;

    1. Dedicate 2 fixed places on the side of the altar one on the Left for the Icon of Virgin Mary and one on the right for the Icon of Jesus Christ.

    2. Find a place to spread the 12 Icons of the Holy Apostles around the altar or consolidate them to 2 groups of six, and install them one group on the right wall and the other group on the left wall of the Altar.

    3. The twelve Feasts Icons can be installed around the Nave of the Church. Make sure to hang the icon of the Baptism of Jesus near to your Baptismal Fount.

    4. Also consider integrating some of the followings icons: Icons of the Old Testament Prophets, Icons of the Patriarchs, Icons of the Parabolas, Icons of the Miracles of Jesus Christ, The Icons of the Calvary and the Theological Icons as the Trinity.

    5.  Saints Icons, including Saints Icons, is a grate way to collect donations from Church parishioners and give saint for each family.

    6. Angels Icons, you can dedicate Angels for families in your Parish.

    7. Seraphim and Cherubim Icons – can be on the church wall or inside the dome with the Pantocrator.

    8. The Pantocrator inside the dome.

    9. The four Evangelists on the four corners of the Dome

    10. The Most Holy Theotokos as Platytera Ton Ouranon, Enthroned with two Angels Behind the altar.

    11. The last Supper Behind the altar under the Platytera or over the exit door. in front of the altar.  

    12. Sundays Icons, Also include the portable icons that you display every Sunday in your program, usually, the size of this icon is 13in x 16in. these icons can be saints icons and the great feasts

    See My Iconography Projects Here

    Note: For the Iconography uses in the Catholic Liturgy read “ICONOGRAPHY AND LITURGY” OFFICE OF PAPAL LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS 

     

    © Chady Elias



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