Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ad Orientum or Populum

In an icon, the figures all face towards the viewer.  If there are multiple figures, they don’t face each other, don’t look at each other, but relate directly to the person standing before them, ready to pray and venerate.  Only … Continue reading

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A Question. . . about the Our Father

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory . . . Every time I go to a funeral or wedding where Protestants come and join us at Mass, I observe that our guests seem a bit lost … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Sorrows

It was the feastday of Our Lady of Sorrows, and it is timely for me to pray with that icon.  A friend’s younger brother died last week of cancer, and a good friend of mine is in hospice, also with … Continue reading

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Do we feel more . . .

Originally posted on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly:
Romans 8: 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but…

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Thoughts on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I had never spent too much time thinking about this particular devotion in the past.  Typical of me, when I finally did sit down to consider it all, the thoughts came to me via the prayerful writing of an icon. … Continue reading

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St. Macarius Icon

It seems strange to me that I am prayerfully painting an icon of St. Macarius while right now in the land where he once lived and taught, Christians are being slaughtered for their faith.  Yet, praying for (and with) these … Continue reading

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St. Macarius: The Lamp of the Desert

What would an Egyptian hermit who has been dead for over 1600 years have to say to us modern people?  This was the question I indignantly muttered to myself when assigned in a workshop to write the icon of St. … Continue reading

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