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For, things that mutually illustrate one another undoubtedly possess one another's message.
Given this state of affairs and stepping out as though on the royal highway, following as we are the God-spoken teaching of our holy fathers and the tradition of the catholic church--for we recognize that this tradition comes from the holy Spirit who dwells in her-- we decree with full precision and care that, like the figure of the honoured and life-giving cross, the revered and holy images, whether painted or made of mosaic or of other suitable material, are to be exposed in the holy churches of God, on sacred instruments and vestments, on walls and panels, in houses and by public ways; these are the images of our Lord, God and saviour, Jesus Christ, and of our Lady without blemish, the holy God-bearer, and of the revered angels and of any of the saintly holy men.
It easy to fail to appreciate the infinity of the sky, but we more easily appreciate it when we compare our smallness to a towering mountain or to a cloud sailing low overhead and then realize that the sky looms farther above than we can imagine.
of images of the saints is condemned by the Catholic Church.
The more frequently they are seen in representational art, the more are those who see them are drawn to remember and long for those who serve as models, and to pay these images the tribute of salutation and respectful veneration.
Certainly this is not the full adoration in accordance with our faith, which is properly paid only to the divine nature, but it resembles that given to the figure of the honored and life-giving cross, and also to the holy books of the gospels and to other sacred cult objects.
Indeed the honor paid to an image traverses it, reaching the model; and he who venerates the image, venerates the person represented in that image. 135-7) Often, perhaps when life is troubling us, we'll ask a relative or close friend to pray for us.
It is very good that we do ask people to pray for us and our needs and also to pray for them.
Praying to the saints is like asking your friend to pray for you.
"He is the all," but at the same time "he is greater than all his works." He is "the author of beauty." 2130 Nevertheless, already in the Old Testament, God ordained or permitted the making of images that pointed symbolically toward salvation by the incarnate Word: so it was with the bronze serpent, the ark of the covenant, and the cherubim. 2131 Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word, the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) [see below] justified against the iconoclasts the veneration of icons - of Christ, but also of the Mother of God, the angels, and all the saints.
By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new "economy" of images.