30 Ouspensky, 1992, p. 152.
31 Ibid, p. 156.
32 Ibid, p. 158.
While this appears to be the veneration, or even worship of an image, it is actually understood as the veneration of God (in man) through the image.
In the context of the kenosis of God, the Orthodox understand all of creation in a very sacramental way. All of matter was sanctified through the incarnation of Christ. The crucial argument is that when God became matter in Christ, “…an eternal change took place in the relationship between God and material creation.”33 “Our brothers of the East consider the concrete things that are all around us much less in themselves and for themselves, according to the value of their own components, than as a reflection or image of a transcendent reality which they exist to express.”34