The Synaxis (Meeting) of the Holy Apostles
Icons are painted as windows into Heaven, and therefore to show the Heavenly, rather than earthly, reality. Nevertheless, Icons are made of the people we love: of the heroes of the faith who are remembered and whose earthly lives are considered instructive and worthy of imitation. Therefore it is natural that, as well as depicting them in a stylized “spiritual” way, the Saints are also depicted as recognizable people, with distinct features. This guide is just a brief description of how the Holy Apostles are depicted in Icons, so that they can be more easily recognized when encountered in churches, monasteries, or wherever else an icon is found.
Though not one of the original Twelve, St. Paul has always been known as an Apostle (literally meaning “one who is sent out”), and moreover a leader of the Apostles. As such, he is often shown in Icons of the Apostles, including the one at the top of the page. Paul is always depicted with brown hair and beard tapering to one or two points. He is balding with a high forehead (signifying great wisdom and learning) but with a tuft of brown hair in the centre. He is often shown carrying a large Gospel book, an affirmation of the number of epistles he contributed to what became the New Testament. In addition, the Evangelist Luke was a physician who followed St. Paul on his missionary trips, so it is fair to say that Paul would also have had an influence upon the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.
TWENTY-SEVEN & EIGHT
Jesus is The author and finisher of Paul's Faith
KEY VERSE 27:23-24 The angel of the Lord
KEY VERSE 28:8-9, 23 and 31 Paul brings Jesus to Caesar & Rome
The Ongoing Ministry of Jesus in around and through the Church
Yellow/gold = Seeing Jesus continued ministry
Teal/blue = Seeing the action of the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus
Burgundy/red = Seeing the ongoing and evolving mission/witness of the Church to the Testimony of Jesus
Jesus loves you and will continue the Book of His ACTS in you, through you and because of His great love for you. We are now His emissaries declaring with Paul, the reality of Jesus and His Eternal Kingdom! We are His Bride who He loves with all His heart... who He may return to be with Him forever... perhaps even today!
ESCLJ Even so, Come Lord Jesus!!!