Christ the High Priest Icon
This icon board and sketch have been propped up next to my computer screen for well over a month. Every day it has provided a stream of reflection. Jesus looks, royal, mysterious and otherworldly- half rendered as it is.
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Gold symbolizes the highest heavens; the divine or uncreated light of God in Christian iconography.
It is one of the most reflective of all metallic surfaces. Gold's natural richness, beauty and unsurpassed brilliance have made it a valuable decorative resource material since ancient times.
In the Old Testament we read, for example, that King David was directed by God to give Solomon the pattern for His earthly temple. It was to be to embellished lavishly in gold and silver (to a lesser extent). According to these specifications, Solomon “overlaid the [inner sanctuary] with pure gold … covered the inside of the temple with pure gold … overlaid the whole interior with gold … covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold” (1 Kings 6-20, 21, 22, 30; see also the parallel passage in 1 Chronicles 28, 2 Chronicles 3-4–7).
The Name of Jesus Christ On Icons
About Christ’s head are the letters “IC” and “XC”, which is a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC).
The Ὁ ὬΝ (looks like OWN) is often written within the cruciform halo of Christ: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Rev. 22:12-13). Meaning that after every ending ends, Jesus will be. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. This title declares the unity of the godhead and the deity of Jesus, because John uses this title to describe both Jesus and God, the Father.
As explained "The Eastern Orthodox teaching regarding veneration of icons is that the praise and veneration shown to the icon passes over to the archetype (Basil of Caesarea, On the Holy Spirit 18:45: "The honor paid to the image passes to the prototype"). Thus to kiss an icon of Christ, in the Eastern Orthodox view, is to show love towards Christ Jesus himself, not mere wood and paint making up the physical substance of the icon".
From the Litany of The Most Holy Name of Jesus
O Lord Jesus Christ, you have said, "Ask and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you"; mercifully attend to our supplications, and grant us the grace of your most divine love, that we may love you with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease to praise you.
Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of your holy name, for you never fail to govern those whom you solidly establish in your love. You, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
The Holy Name of Jesus
Among Orthodox, there has been a more recent theological debate concerning the Name of God. A book translated by Boris Jakin, by the Orthodox and controversial theologian, Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944), titled "Icons and the Name of God" discusses the primary arguments. I received this book as a gift in fall and have been muddling through the first half of the book ever since along with a work by another Russian philosopher, Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900). Incidentally, I found an intriguing article about him here.
In sum, the question posed by Bulgakov and others is whether the Name of God is just a word or is the Name of God an energy of God's essence, inseparable from the essence itself and therefore God Himself. According to Jakin, this question has yet to be resolved.
Conversely (and simplified), we find within the pages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For "the name of 'Jesus' contains all.... His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies" (CCC 2666).
Might one even suggest that every time 'Jesus' is devoutly printed on a piece of paper, His Holy Name brings untold blessings into the world? One simple act of such great value? Something to think about especially in this disposable print age where more copies of holy items (and His Holy Name in print) can actually produce less reverence; a pandora's box for sure.
Unity in His Name
If Jesus is the Savior, then we are the saved, and we carry this glorious name before which the whole universe bends its knee and the demons tremble (Phil 2:7-9). St Paul invoked the Holy Name of Jesus as a means of securing unity (1 Cor 10). One commentary explains that "through the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; that is, by the whole idea of Christ's being and office - the strongest bond of union between true Christians" is attained. link.
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Christi Marie (CM) Jentz.
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Original artwork, as opposed to a print of any type, is quite wonderful and by far the most sumptuous and "tactile" of all.
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