Iconography has been an integral part of Christian faith for centuries. Pictorial depictions of Jesus Christ, Mother Mary, Saints, and Biblical scenes – commonly referred to as icons – have inspired and uplifted countless believers since apostolic times.
In Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions, icons are considered a representation of divinity. They are called "windows into Heaven", as they allow you to transcend the physical realm, enter the spiritual realm, and feel the Lord’s presence.
At Holy Land Market, we offer premium quality olive wood icons that can be a great addition to your church, as well as your home. Our collection of lithographic icons include the sacred images of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, the Holy Family, John the Baptist, St. Nicholas, Tree of Life, and many more.
Made of litho prints on olive wood, these icons are handcrafted in accordance with centuries-old orthodox traditions. They can inspire you, strengthen your faith and devotion, and make you feel closer to the Lord.
According to the Orthodox Church, the primary purpose of an icon is to assist you in prayer. By gazing at the icon, you can focus your thoughts on the Lord, sense His presence, and enter into a spiritual realm. As you go further into the spiritual realm, you can communicate with the Lord and strengthen your bond with Him. Icons serve as a way to make direct contact with God.
The importance of iconography in Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions can be gauged from the fact that countless saints have defended the use of icons as a tool to assist in worship.
St. Basil the Great said that what the Book of Gospel expresses through words, an icon expresses it through images. He also said that icons speak in a soundless voice and teach those who behold them.
St. John of Damascus, in his seminal work called "Defense of Icons", said that through the icons of Christ, believers can contemplate His bodily form, miracles, and sufferings and can be sanctified. He also said that icons of Saints are filled with the Holy Spirit.
High-Quality Icons from Holy Land Market
At Holy Land Market, we offer a wide variety of olive wood icons that are made by experienced iconographers from the Holy Land. The icons are made of olive wood from the Holy Land, whose spiritual significance cannot be overstated.
Olive wood is a symbol of the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. It is considered a sacred wood, as Jesus Himself is said to have worked with it. It also gains significance due to the fact that when King Solomon built a temple for the Lord, he chose to build the entrance to the inner sanctuary with olive wood.
Our lithographic icons are detailed with sheets made of 24K gold. The glittery quality of gold represents the light of God. They are made in accordance with the centuries-old tradition of Byzantine iconography. The sacred beauty of these icons can lift up your spirits and draw you into the realm of the divine.
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