An Iconographer’s Prayer

This is the prayer that I say upon beginning work in my studio.  It is a combination of  Eastern Orthodox morning prayers, and the iconographer’s prayer.  I sit at my worktable before the image and pray.  I often repeat this prayer several times while painting.

Glory to Thee O God, Glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.  Lord, cleanse us of our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities.  Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities,  for Thy Name’s sake.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Our Father, Who are in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  Amen.

O Divine Lord of all that exists, You have illumined the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with Your Most Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent the Most Holy Mother, the one who held You in her arms and said:  The Grace of Him Who has been born of me is spread throughout the world.  Enlighten and direct my soul, my heart, and my spirit.  Guide the hands of your unworthy servant so that I may worthily and perfectly portray Your Icon, that of Your Holy Mother, and of all the saints, for the glory, joy, and adornment of Your Holy Church.

The icon of St. Clare written through the hand of Kathy Sievers.

The icon of Our Lady of Lourdes written through the hand of Virginia Barber.

Forgive our sins and the sins of those who will venerate these icons, and who, standing devoutly before them, give homage to those they represent.  Protect them from all evil and instruct them with good counsel.  This we ask through the prayers of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Apostle Luke, and all the saints, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. 


The icon above, of the Old Testament Trinity, is a detail of one of the most perfect and famous icons in the world. It was written in the early 1400s by St. Andrei Rublev.  The second image, of St. Luke, is a Serbian icon from the 1500s.  The pair of icons at the end of the post are contemporary icons.  They are both installed in Catholic churches in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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4 Responses to An Iconographer’s Prayer

  1. SR says:

    This post is absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks so much for doing it and sharing it with us. God Bless, SR

  2. Biltrix says:

    The Iconographer’s work is so deeply enriched with vocal and metal prayer; what about the viewer? What do you recommend for the person contemplating the art?

    • reinkat says:

      thanks for the comment and question. I am on a road trip/family visit, driving through mountain, foothills and desert, city and countryside . . . you ask a good question, and upon my return I will try to answer in a post more fully. Many blessings to you.

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