The word icon means ‘image’. Icons are visual scripture and they have a long history dating back to the early days of the church. They were used originally as teaching tools for a society that generally could not read or write, in the same way that medieval stained glass and paintings on rood screens were used for teaching. An icon may be an image of Christ, the Saints, angels, important Biblical events in an illuminated manuscript, parables, or events in the history of the Church.
When we look at an icon, we are seeing an image of some attribute of God, either as Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. We are seeing an image of holiness in the depiction of the saints. We are seeing an image of Christ’s love for us in scenes from His life. We are looking at some aspect of the mystery of God” (Sister Monica-Teresa, Oblates of the Holy Spirit).
Images of Christ from windows in Woodbastwick Church