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An “Iconostasis” is a wall of mounted “icons”  and “icons,” in turn, are representations of the holy.  Frequently, at least in Orthodox churches, an iconostasis separates the sanctuary from the nave — the holy of holies from the people, as it were.  What’s the point? Well, icons, in Christian history, are considered doorways to the sacred — much as though they were pictorial sacraments — and an iconostasis, then, would be the screen on which all those icons, all those doorways to the sacred, are presented. To call this blog an “iconostasis” represents my own notion that holiness has to do with keeping our eyes open to the divine which permeates our quotidian worlds.  And that there is nothing, of course, in which God does not reveal Godself to us.  So, there you go.  Here is an example of one of my favorite ancient icons, called the Old Testament Trinity, in which three angels — all representing God —  bend in relation to each other.  The idea is that as we look, we cease to be observers, and become the observed:

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