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From the first centuries of Christianity, icons have been used for prayer. Orthodox Tradition tells us, for example, of the existence of an icon of the Christ during his lifetime, the [[Image Not-made-by-hands|Icon-Not-Made-With-Hands]], and of the [[icons of the Theotokos]] immediately after him written by the All-laudable [[Apostle Luke|Apostle and Evangelist Luke]].
=== Egyptian death masksIcon made by Jesus===HistoricallyDuring the time of the earthly ministry of the Savior, Abgar, ruler in the icon is thought to be a descendant Syrian city of Edessa, was afflicted with leprosy. Reports of the Egyptian death masks that were painted on mummies wrapped great miracles performed by the Lord extended throughout Syria (Matt. 4:24) and as far as Arabia at this time. Although not having seen the Lord, Abgar believed in strips him and wrote a letter requesting Christ to come and heal him. Abgar sent his court painter, Ananias, with this letter to Palestine telling him to paint an image of glue and powered gypsum soaked linenthe Divine Teacher. This led Ananias was not able go to near Christ because of the traditional icon painting technique great many people listening to his preaching. He attempted to produce an image of gluing linen on the Lord Jesus Christ from afar, but could not. The Lord called Ananias and promised to send his disciple in order to heal Abgar from the leprosy and instruct him in salvation. Then the Lord called for water and a board, gessoing ittowel. He wiped His face with the towel, and painting on itwas His Divine Image. The Christian icon also inherited Savior sent the cultic task towel and a letter to Edessa back with Ananias. With thanksgiving Abgar received the sacred objects and started healing. He continued healing until the arrival of the ritual mask and exalted this taskdisciple Thaddeus, Apostle of the 70. The task that revealed Apostle preached the deified spirit of Gospel and baptized the deceased resting Abgar and all living in eternityEdessa. The spiritual essence story is recorded by the 4th century Church historian, Eusebius of the old Cult was transfigured into a new cultural image manifesting itself more perfectly than the oldCesarea.
===Icons made by Apostle Luke===
Apostle Luke painted icons of the Most-holy Theotokos—not just one, but three—as well as icons of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
St. Luke wrote the first icon, of the Most Holy Theotokos Directress or Hodigitria, mentioned in the Paraklesis to the Theotokos:
Speechless be the lips of impious ones,
Those who do not reverence
Your great icon, the sacred one
Which is called Directress,
And was depicted for us
By one of the apostles,
Luke the Evangelist.
—The Service of the Small Paraklesis (GOARCH)
Unlike the mask, the Christian icon is not part ===Icons in The Old Testament===Pictures of a mummy or sarcophaguscherubim on temple door, it does not need to connect to a saint's body. No matter where on earth the saint's remains temple walls are, and no matter the physical condition, his resurrected and deified body lives mentioned in Old Testament in eternityIII Kings 6:29. If there would be an interdiction of all images, and the icon that shows him forth does groups claiming this interdiction would not merely depict the holy witness but is the very witness. It is use any images and Old Testament would probably not describe the icon, Temple as art, that tells us anything, it is the saint, through the icon that is teaching. This window, to the resurrected, breaks when the icon itself is separated by the observer, from the saint it depicts. At that moment the icon just becomes another thing having images of this worldcherubim. The vital connection between heaven and earth disintegrates.  
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