The “art” of the icon was (and remains) distinct from the art of the world. It “…does not resemble the art of the world. It expresses different kinds of truths and has other goals. If it mingles with secular art, it no longer corresponds to the goal which it must serve.”18 Rather, the icon serves as “…a link between the eternal and the temporal, serving as an image of the divine world even to the extent that it partakes in the spiritual energy of what it portrays, thereby aiding the worshiper as a bridge or signpost for his own pilgrimage through this earthly life.”19 It functions as a channel of grace rather than mere decorative artwork. In this way: “The beauty of the church is different from the beauty of the world because it reflects the harmony of the age to come.”20 “An icon is thus the servant of the Holy Tradition of the Church, a servant of the Gospel, not a mere artistic device.”21