Archimandrite Vasileios of Stavronikita Monastery
The icon is a witness to liturgical life and to the unity of the Godhead. It is not the creation or improvization of some genius. It does not serve merely artistic ends. It does not divide up history. For the world of the icon, distance in space and the passing of time does not exist. What the icon expresses is not the fragmentation of the present age, but the unifying power of the Liturgy.