Every important figure in an icon is named, and thus we needed to write the names onto our quilt. We decided to do this by embroidering the letters onto the fabric. I had the honor of doing so, and received a terrifyingly quick lesson in the basic chain stitch. I brought St. George home and began to work. It is rather difficult to force a needle and thread through all of the layers of the quilt. Tonight, with stabbed and aching fingers, I completed my task.
St. George’s name is written in English and is straightforward enough, but God’s name is traditionally represented by the Greek letters “IC XC”. These letters are abbreviations for the Greek words for the name Jesus Christ. As God has shown Himself through His Son, he is depicted in icons only in the Person of Jesus. Thus His Name in the icon is always “Jesus Christ” and His visible image is that of Jesus. The only exception to this representation is the icon of the Old Testament Trinity, where God appeared to Abraham and Sarah in the form of 3 angels. All images of God as an old man with a long white beard are considered heresy by the Orthodox, for no one knows what God looks like, except as He has revealed Himself to us through Scripture.