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Re: Christ-iconography

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Dennis Martin <[log in to unmask]>

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

But do keep in mind that Trullo was not an ecumenical council and its decisions were not ratified by the bishop of Rome (for which he was nearly killed, as I recall), hence these canons would not have been authoritative in the West.  Trullo (Quinisext) was the council that modified the church's discipline slightly, permitting men who were married to be ordained but not to marry after having been ordained etc.

Dennis Martin

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>I do not have my Denzinger with me, but Besanšon quotes two canonical 
>interventions: one from the council "Quinisexte in 692" or "concile "in 
>Trullo" "-- see three canons : c. 73 on the use of the cross, c. 82 on 
>replacing symbols by figures and c. 100 on asceticism in representations

The three canons from Trullo are as follows:

CANON 73

SINCE the life-giving cross has shown to us Salvation, we should be careful
that we render due honour to that by which we were saved from the ancient
fall. Wherefore, in mind, in word, in feeling giving veneration to it, we
command that the figure of the cross, which some have placed on the floor,
be entirely removed therefrom, lest the trophy of the victory won for us be
desecrated by the trampling under foot of those who walk over it. Therefore
those who from this present represent on the pavement the sign of the
cross, we decree are to be cut off.

CANON 82

IN some pictures of the venerable icons, a lamb is painted to which the
Precursor points his finger, which is received as a type of grace,
indicating beforehand through the Law, our true Lamb, Christ our God.
Embracing therefore the ncient types and shadows as symbols of the truth,
and patterns given to the Church, we prefer "grace and truth," receiving it
as the fulfillment of the Law. In order therefore that "that which is
perfect" may be delineated to the eyes of all, at least in coloured
expression, we decree that the figure in human form of the Lamb who taketh
away the sin of the world, Christ our God, be henceforth exhibited in
images, instead of the ancient lamb, so that all may understand by means of
it the depths of the humiliation of the Word of God, and that we may recall
to our memory his conversation in the flesh, his passion and salutary
death, and his redemption which was wrought for the whole world.

CANON 100

"LET thine eyes behold the thing which is right," orders Wisdom, "and
keep thine heart with all care." For the bodily senses easily bring their
own impressions into the soul. Therefore we order that henceforth there
shall in no way be made pictures, whether they are in paintings or in what
way so ever, which attract the eye and corrupt the mind, and incite it to
the enkindling of base pleasures. And if any one shall attempt to do this
he is to be cut off.

Gordon

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