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Friday, 24 January 2020 07:00

Drawn into the Mystery

 2020.06.Drawn into the Mystery Icons.mainblogimage

Writing an icon is a reverent, unhurried process of becoming absorbed into the subject in such a way that the Holy Spirit gradually “writes” the scriptural mystery in our own spirit. It then slowly emerges on the board in such a way as to capture the contemplative gaze of the onlooker, and hopefully then draws them into the same mystery.

This is a true form of contemplative prayer. It requires the selfless loving disciplines of being consistently turned towards God, attentive to the quiet, gentle and unhurried movements of the Holy Spirit whose desire is to enkindle in us the fire of love.

This icon of Christ the Teacher draws us into the authority and wisdom of Christ the Risen Lord, allowing him to speak intimately to our hearts and teach us his wisdom. In a way this Icon “chose” me through a new iconography teacher. I took one look at the model and thought “yes!” but “no” at the same time, as the interpretation didn’t gel with my personal feel for Jesus.  In a very mysterious way the work of writing an icon engages our own spiritual inner vision. It’s not at all intellectual apart from technique which is simply a tool in the creative process.

This icon emerged slowly over a two year period. This was largely due to me needing cataract surgery  – which slows things up a lot! It was finished on a five day retreat in May this year when I had concentrated time and it was the Spirit’s call to spend about five hours a day in this deep silence of being as the work proceeded.

There are many iconography courses around the country, so if you feel drawn to this way of praying, join a group and enjoy the Spirit’s work in you.

Patti Jo Crockett