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In 300-350 words, describe the importance of the “Icon” in Orthodox Christianity? What are 3 differences between Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholic Christianity?

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There is an importance in the "Icon" in Orthodox Christianity. According to Orthodox Christianity, an icon is a religious work of art, that most commonly consists of a painting, in the cultures of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox, the Roman Catholic , and specific Eastern Catholic churches.

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There is an importance in the “Icon” in Orthodox Christianity. According to Orthodox Christianity, an icon is a religious work of art, that most commonly consists of a painting, in the cultures of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Roman Catholic, and specific Eastern Catholic churches. The most common “Icons” include Jesus Christ, Mary, saints, as well as angels. The term also covers most religious images in a variety of artistic media produced by Eastern Christianity, including narrative scenes, although especially associated with portrait-style images focusing on one or two main figures. There are three main differences between Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholic Christianity. The Western Catholic Churches as well as the Eastern Orthodox Churches divide their religious officers into three main categories: deacons at the bottom preceded by clergy, followed by bishops. The Roman Catholic Pope's position is the biggest difference between the two religions. The Bishop of Rome was given an honorary position very early in Christian history, based on the significance and history of the city. But while the Orthodox are happy to acknowledge the Pope, they reject his supremacy over the whole Church and the suggestion that the religious decisions of the Pope are' infallible' and binding for all Christians. The Roman Catholic Church's beliefs are neatly contained in a single-volume document known as the Catechism. The same is not true for the Eastern church. The three forms of God - "The Father" in heaven, "The Son, Jesus Christ" who came to earth returned to heaven and “The Holy Spirit” which is God's presence everywhere The ability of Jesus Christ to be divine and human at the same time The special status of Mary as the mother of God The use of icons in worship. However, Roman Catholics and Orthodox disagree on the nature of the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son. They also have different understandings of the meaning of Easter, the festival marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Roman Catholics, Jesus saved man and allowed him to reach heaven by paying the price for sin through his death by crucifixion. For the Orthodox, salvation is achieved by Christ's triumph over death in the Resurrection. As a result, Greek art, unlike Western art doesn't fixate on the figure of the bleeding, crucified Christ. The diversity of the Western and Eastern Churches spiritual practices almost defies categorization. Many traditional variations, though, stick out. Although Roman Catholics prefer to use sculptures to depict the saints, a rich iconographic and pictorial practice remains in the Orthodox Church. Roman Catholics tend to kneel while Orthodox worshippers usually stand up in prayer. Unleavened bread (made without yeast) is used in church rituals in Roman Catholic Churches, while the Orthodox Church uses leavened bread. The latter allows married priests to remain single, but Western Catholic priests are required to abstain from sexual relations.
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Icons in Orthodox Christianity
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Importance of Icons in Orthodox Christianity
An icon is a visual representation. In Orthodox Christianity, icons represent sacred
imageries that express through color, God, and the Gospel. Some of the icons used in the
orthodox churches are the cross, the fish, the lamb, and other symbols that symbolize Jesus
Christ. The unique characteristics of icons in orthodox Christianity aids in worship. The

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