Lecture given from Constantinople for an Orientale Lumen session, June 2007.
“An icon is not just a work of art on a level with other works of art, but part of an act of prayer and worship. The art of the icon is par excellence a liturgical art. That is the first consequence of regarding the icon as a door into the Heavenly Kingdom.”
The Holy Icon
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware is an English bishop within the Eastern Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and one of the best-known contemporary Eastern Orthodox theologians.