Holy images and the relics of saints are an essential component of liturgical life and worship in the Christian Orthodoxy, representing at the same time one of the most important elements of the different hierotopic projects.
By investigating the form, purpose, and nature of the holy icons and sacred relics, this unit will critically evaluate the cult related to them in both Coptic and Byzantine Orthodox Traditions.
The leading idea of this unit is that the creation of the sacred space in Orthodoxy represents one of the most creative expressions of its theology. At the same time, the unit will ask how the visual and sensory context in Orthodox worship communicates meaning.
Understand the form and function of holy images and relics in sacred spaces in the Orthodox Tradition
Critically evaluate the patristic texts relating to the theology of the icon/relics of the saints in Orthodox Tradition
Analyse the liturgical aspects of holy icons and relics in their historical context
Demonstrate research capabilities in the academic field of hierotopy
Apply the principles of hierotopy in devotional, liturgical, pastoral, and educational settings
Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner
asynchronous and synchronous lectures and tutorials
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Jul, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-07-27 09:54:36 +1000