Orthodoxy and Liturgical Arts

Questions and Answers about the architecture and liturgical arts of the Orthodox Church

Three-Bar Cross

Could you explain the symbolism of the [shape of] the Orthodox Cross?

The Russian Orthodox Cross

I have a question regarding the the Russian Orthodox Cross. Can you tell me the symbolism of the cross and how it originated? I’ve heard various interpretations, but I believe them to have been more supposition rather than...

Placement of Fingers in Icons

What is the significance of the placement of the fingers of the right hand I notice in icons of Christ and certain saints?

Images of God

Would you please tell me what is the Church’s position regarding the image of God the Father? I believe that Paul Evdokimov does not agree that the image of God the Father has a place in the Church:

God’s luminous face as...