Veneration of Icons: "Not Because You Like the Paper"

A wise saying from Mitrophan Chin to his Protestant aunt in Hong Kong:

“I used the example of family pictures: You would kiss the picture not because you like the paper but because you cherish and love the people depicted even if they are pictures of your deceased loved ones. The Orthodox Church likewise is a family of Christ consists of both the living and the departed and the icons are windows to the departed holy persons, where we can still express our respect through veneration.”

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