A icon of Our Lady is displayed on the wall to the right of the organ/choirstalls. The Council of Nicea in 787AD placed icons on the same level of dignity as the Scriptures and the Cross, as one of the forms of revelation and knowledge of God. God is revealed not only by words to the ears but by images to the eyes as well. Christ is not just the word (logos) of God but also the “image (eikon) of the unseen God”. This is why the icon is considered by many to be a window opening on to the Divine.

The Orthodox churches are well known for their retention and development of the liturgical use of images whilst the Western churches placed more emphasis upon the Cross of Christ.

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St Mary the Virgin East Grinstead. Church of England Parish in the Diocese of Chichester

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