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Icons

The icon of Livadiotissa is taken for a walk

Today is a big religious day on Skopelos where icons play a mayor role. In the old days on the Saturday before Orthodox Sunday, people would take icons from a church near the main church of Christos in Skopelos town and bring them back on the Sunday.This would also happen in other churches. In later years the owners of the church Livadiotissa said that the main icon did not want to be moved from the church and that is why the sermon is held in this church and the icon is “taken for a walk” and returns to the church. People made it a custom to take their own isons to the church and walk them around too.


Orthodox Sunday on Skopelos 2019.

The following photographs below are from a couple of years ago.


A lot of people attend the sermon on Orthodox Sunday. You can see the entrance of the church grounds which used to be a monastery.

Icons play a big role in the Greek orthodox church. This has to do with the fact that they were ones forbidden and destroyed. This era is called iconoclasm.

Definition of Iconoclasm
Iconoclasm literally means “image breaking” and refers to a recurring historical impulse to break or destroy images for religious or political reasons. For example, in ancient Egypt, the carved visages of some pharaohs were obliterated by their successors; during the French Revolution, images of kings were defaced.

In the Byzantine world, Iconoclasm refers to a theological debate involving both the Byzantine church and state. The controversy spanned roughly a century, during the years 726–87 and 815–43. In these decades, imperial legislation barred the production and use of figural images; simultaneously, the cross was promoted as the most acceptable decorative form for Byzantine churches. Archaeological evidence suggests that in certain regions of Byzantium, including Constantinople and Nicaea, existing icons were destroyed or plastered over.
(source: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/icon/hd_icon.htm)

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