Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. I continue to work on the icon, laying in the base coats, the underpainting. With each stroke, I pray: Hail Mary. Full of grace. The Lord. Is with you . . .
As soon as the underpainting is complete, I will gild the background of this icon with 22kt gold. Gold is a symbol of Divine Light, and this image shimmers with it.
In Mary’s hand is a skein of wool. The story behind it is that when the angel appeared to her, she was weaving the wool in order to make the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the people worshipping in the temple–the veil of the tabernacle, which was torn in two when Jesus died on the cross.
Mary inclines her head in assent to the announcement of Gabriel. She said yes to personally accepting Christ within herself, carrying Him to and for the world. We are all called to follow her example, humbly submitting ourselves to the will of God in order to carry Christ to our corner of the world today.
“What good is it if Mary gave birth to the Son of God centuries ago, if I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and culture?” –Meister Eckhart