I saw this fantastic picture on a wall in Eye Church, and was captivated by it's beauty,The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity in England and dates its formal history from St Augustine of Canterbury's mission in 597.
At the time, it was an integral part of the Roman Catholic Church and acknowledged the authority of the Pope. Prompted by a dispute over the annullment of the marriage of Henry VIII, the Church of England separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1534 with the Act of Supremacy, beginning a series of events known as the English Reformation. Both Catholic and Reformed factions vied for determining the doctrines and worship of the church. This ended temporarily with the Elizabethan settlement, which developed the understanding that the church was to be both Catholic and Reformed:
Catholic in that it views itself as a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ in unbroken continuity with the early apostolic church. This is expressed in its emphasis on the teachings of the early Church Fathers, as formalised in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian creeds.
Reformed in that it has been shaped by some of the doctrinal principles of the 16th century Protestant Reformation, in particular in the Thirty-Nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer.
During the 17th century, political and religious disputes raised the Puritan and presbyterian faction to control of the church, but this ended with the Restoration. The contemporary Church of England still continues to contain several doctrinal strands, now generally known as Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical, which reflect the early divisions. In recent times, tensions between theological conservatives and progressives find expression in debates over women's ordination and homosexuality within the church. The Church of England has ordained women as priests since 1987 and is in the process of approving the consecration of female bishops.
Since the Reformation, the Church of England has used an English liturgy. The Book of Common Prayer was based on original writings and translations from the Latin services by Thomas Cranmer. This liturgy has been updated and modernised at various times. The church also adopted congregational singing of hymns and psalms.
The governing structure of the church is based on the traditional parishes which are gathered into dioceses presided over by a bishop. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Primate of All England and a focus of unity for the whole Anglican Communion worldwide. The General Synod is the legislative body for the church and is comprised of bishops, clergy and laity. However as the established church in England, Parliament has the right of final apprioval of all measures.Info Wiki.
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dkmurphys (49338) 2011-07-17 1:38
Fine detail. We have same objects here for the Orthodox majority. Great work of cult art.
Have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (35952) 2011-07-17 3:16
Hi my dear Lain, how are you?
Another solemn and artistic shot!
That reflects your high sense too.
Great framewrok and well considered compsition perfect as usual. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Sunaday!
Takero just back to Tokyo of heat-island
timecapturer (48778) 2011-07-17 4:20
a wonderful presentation of this beautiful icon. The clarity and sharpness are perfect and the light management subtle so that the contrast is also perfect and no definition is lost. Excellent!
Have a peaceful Sunday - Brian
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-07-17 4:57
You have photographed an icon full of details. The image is very well exposed. It's not always so simple to expose well the subject full of reflective surfaces. I always like the way you frame the subject. I also like the very tight cropping that you did. It accentuate the main subject very well. Your note is very well appreciated. Thank you Iain for your inexhaustible energy.
With my respect,
delpeoples (53009) 2011-07-17 5:33
This looks like a Bysantine icon. Fantastic photo of it, excellent light and sharpness. Your Note is informative too.
TFS and I hope you have good Sunday
Sonata11 (33251) 2011-07-17 8:15
a very beautiful artwork of Mother Mary and baby Jesus. Great presentation and great framework as well. Wonderful picture. I love it a very much so.
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
raszid62 (18583) 2011-07-18 0:23
This icon looks almost like the holy image of Our Lady of the Polish shrine in Czestochowa. Very good quality.
kordinator (17602) 2011-07-18 10:22
Excellent visual view and presentation of this beautiful icon.
The clarity and sharpness are perfect.
I would like to have more written about the icons in your text by.
The reforms took place in the Eastern and Western Christian faith.
My thinking, as many reforms to move away from the more genuine and authentic faith, that the Son of our God Most High, Jesus Christ preached.
But it was and always will be, just to be with God's grace, all is not too far from care of the Almighty.
Beautiful composition with rich informative text.
emka (78958) 2011-07-18 23:35
I wouldn't have guessed this is from English church. This silver image looks more like from East Europe. Excellent presentation of this masterpiece.