Iconography as a Starting Point for Prayer

“I have occasionally found the experience of sitting before an icon to be startlingly similar to the experience of intentionally opening myself before God in prayer and worship. If the attention stays with the visual object, that object may become an idol: that which intervenes in the place of God. As something that opens, leads or guides to God (another meaning for icon in the early church), it can be a legitimate starting point for prayer.”

— Patricia Loring, 1997
Listening Spirituality, Volume 1

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Hold an object that is meaningful to you for a few minutes of silent prayer. What do you notice about the experience?

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