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The Icon,

a prayer made visible,

holds the singular capacity

 to draw one into the still presence of God

in the midst of the

chaos of daily life.

Iconographic Arts Institute

 

 

We must be still

and still moving

Into another intensity

For a further union,

a deeper

communion...

 

 

T.S. Eliot Four Quartets

 

Icons are "written", not painted - though the writing involves paint, the icons themselves are visual representations of Sacred Scripture. They communicate Eternal Truth in the same way that Scripture does, by the Holy Spirit.

 

Just as you would not know all the people in my family photo albums, icons can look like strangers until you get to know the stories and saints represented in them.

 

 Icons are not "graven images" nor "idols “although anything that takes the place of God can be. They are meant to be visual aids to prayer, drawing us into God's story, always pointing to Jesus