The Iconography of Еcumenical Councils and the Byzantine (New Roman)
ARS LITURGICA. From the Image of Glory to the Image of the Idols of Modernity (Ed. by D. Vanca. M.J. Cherry, A. Albu), vol. 1, Alba Iulia (pp. 203-217), ISSN 1584-8053.
The Byzantine Church is the realm where Christian and Roman universality have met. According to the political philosophy of the Byzantine Empire the role of the Emperor is to express the visible unity of a specific two dimensional (spiritual-political) structure of social life. The Iconography of the Ecumenical councils is an illustration of this role of the Emperor according to Byzantine political philosophy. At the same time the iconographic composition is a replica of the Icon of Pentecost illustrating the role of the Holy Spirit in the council. The text analyzes some historical facts and their reflection on the iconography of the Ecumenical councils. At the same time there are references to the contemporary theology and practice of synodality.
Church, council, icon, emperor, ecumene, synodality