Definitions for iconolatryˌaɪ kəˈnɒl ə tri
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i•co•nol•a•tryˌaɪ kəˈnɒl ə tri(n.)
the worship or adoration of icons.
the worship of sacred images
the worship of images as symbols; -- distinguished from idolatry, the worship of images themselves
Iconolatry: from the two Greek terms eikon, denoting simply a picture or image, and latreia, to adore. See icon. Icon in Greek simply denotes a picture but has now come to be closely associated with religious art used by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. Icons are used by Orthodox Churches to assist in prayer and worship of God. Icon is the same word used in the Bible in Genesis 1:27, Colossians 1:15. Iconolatry is the veneration of images and often referred to in relation to the Iconoclastic period where there was a "cleansing" and destruction by the Byzantine Empire of all religious art. One reason given for this were that the Christians would venerate images of Saints, the Son of God and even pictures of God and scrape parts of the icons into Holy Communion; see iconoclasm for a more complete discussion. The Orthodox Church held at least two Church councils to decide on the proper use of icons. The Council of Hieria in 753 expressly forbade the making of icons, and ordered all pictures of Jesus and the saints to be removed from the churches, saying that they ought instead to be decorated with pictures of birds, flowers, and fruit. This council was held near Constantinople, and all attending bishops were from the Constantinople Patriarchate. The other patriarchs refused to send any delegates.
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