Wednesday, March 25, 2009

St. Joseph Icon


The first (not too clear) picture of the new icon of St. Joseph. Written by a member of the community of the St. Isaac of Syria Skete in Wisconsin, the icon, a gift to the parish by an anonymous benefactor, was created in the traditional manner, with over 80 hours of prayer and fasting. Using gesso and egg tempera, the icon painter (or writer) followed all the canons of the Orthodox Church in its preparation. I am particularly invoking St. Joseph for the Parish as 'Guardian of the Church and Protector of Priests.'

5 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Could you add my blog to your links?

Victoria said...

The icon is beautiful but it plus the statue of the Sacred Heart seem mismatched. Of course that could be because the picture is necessarily small.

the owl of the remove said...

Happy to, Jackie - how do I do that? - Victoria - thanks for your comment - it's the only place the statue and picture can be - it does work!

Paul Stilwell said...

Is there any chance of seeing a real good close-up? It looks really good, but I would like to see it better.

What a wonderful thing for a parish to have. One icon, properly and prayerfully written, as part of the dedication of a parish, beats many cheap, generic and gaudy pieces of "churchware".

the owl of the remove said...

My thinking entirely, Paul! For the cost of this icon - unique and properly created, one could buy something from a catalogue, mass-produced with no real merit - and often the cost is greater for the stuff that's mass-produced. I'm working on a close-up, unfortunately I don't have a camera, so I need to get someone to take the picture.