A Decree regarding Images from the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 "We declare that we defend free from any innovations all the written and unwritten ecclesiastical traditions that have been entrusted to us. One of these is the production of representational art; this is quite in harmony with the history of the spread of the gospel, as it provides confirmation that the becoming man of the Word of God was real and not just imaginary, and as it brings us a similar benefit. For, things that mutually illustrate one another undoubtedly possess one another's message. ... 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. The more frequently they are seen in representational art, the more are those who see them 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 honoured and life-giving cross, and also to the holy books of the gospels and to other sacred cult objects" - SECOND COUNCIL OF NICAEA, SEVENTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

It's been to late that i post this one, because i am busy with my School and with my Works. The reason why i post this is because of the Unending and Useless arguments some "Christians" have thrown our Catholic brethren, namely the Devotees of the Black Nazarene who flocked yesterday. Again they misinterpret again the First Commandment, of course, the "I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods in My presence.." There is always Misinterpret this part, never did Catholic revere Images but of course the one who represents the Statues or the Icons.Such argument, by the mercy and grace of God have been debunked nowadays, Though i have been one day late in making such Commentary after the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo which draws Million of Devotees, and of course this Killjoys trying to spoil everything by misinterpreting Sacred Scripture


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