Hi all. From a Roman Catholic (primarily) and Eastern Orthodox perspective, how do artwork (including framed prints) and statues compare to icons crafted in the eastern tradition. If properly blessed and treated with reverence, are they all equally worthy of veneration? Do they all equally glorify our Lord when allotted a prominent space in our homes and churches? Do they not all confer similar graces, if it pleases the Lord to grant them?
I’m aware that the production of an icon is a little more involved. I’m also aware that blessings may be conferred during the process, but such blessings lose merit as soon as they are priced into a sale. It is the blessing after a sale that’s relevant, as far as I know, as it turns the icon into a sacramental. So then are all such sacramentals equal? I guess the bottom-line question is, if I can get an image of an icon on a fraction-of-price print, is it equally worthy and beneficial in the spiritual sense?