A material image, it is true, is made of wood and paint, but it is only a symbol. The whole body of revealed truths are to be found in the Scriptures and Tradition, which have been interpreted and used as such by teachers and thinkers of the Orthodox Church.
The effectiveness of the constitution of faith and the cannons of order of the Church has been proven even among its self-governing, autocephalous branches. He should summon the presbyters of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.
But if the patriarch's position was precarious so was the hierarchy's.
They were united, by virtue of their common faith and tradition, in one Church. The Orthodox believe that by the consecration the bread and wine are truly changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.
Worship — the Hope for Salvation Prayer is considered the soul of the faith not because faith cannot express itself, but because it depends on prayer in order to express faith with vividness. In sum, it is altogether unlawful to worship icons, for God alone is worshipped and adored; they could and should be venerated, however.