Also called soldier saints, these are a group of saints who were generally soldiers in life, martyrs to Christ in death, and then latterly revealed as our heavenly protectors. But is their appearance in icons – equipped and ready for war – appropriate for Christian veneration?
Yes, is the short answer. The longer answer is to do with how the icon depicts these warrior saints’ relationship with us, and with Christ.
…can I be mildly sad that not only am I sure that the reassurance that this is “appropriate” needed, but that there’s a line to argue with the statement of yes?