Hong Kong (Fides Service) - An icon is catechesis in painting, a work of art which leads the beholder on a mystic journey towards the transcendent. It opens the mind to the mystery of God. This was the message which emerged from a recent exhibition of Orthodox Icons ‘Portrait of Theology’, held in Hong Kong which attracted large numbers of people, Christians and non.
The exhibition, organised from 18 February to 4 March, proposed 60 masterpieces of Orthodox iconography from all over the world, many from Greece and Rumania, but also from India and Indonesia.
The Hong Kong diocesan bulletin Kong Ko Bao said visitors found the works on show of great spiritual and ecumenical interest, as well as artistic value.
The Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Bishops present for the inauguration underlined the spiritual sense of the initiative as well as its theological, ecumenical and artistic value. Rev. Liang of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong said “icons are works of art but their main purpose is to help us meditate, pray and reflect on the mysteries of our faith. The icon demonstrates that theology can be expressed also in art”.
(Agenzia Fides 11/03/2005 Righe: 15 Parole: 170)