Icons and our Lenten Journey

An Exhibit of icons owned by Parish members

Icons have been called windows to heaven or doorways to the sacred. Though especially associated with “portrait” style images concentrating on one or two main figures, the term also covers most religious images in a variety of artistic media produced by Eastern Christianity, including narrative scenes. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, painted on wood, done in mosaic, or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc. 
 
When you are standing in front of an icon, it is as if you are looking through a window into the heavenly world of the mystery. But this is a two-way window. As you look though the window, you are also being seen with the eyes of love by those in the icon. It’s like you become a part of the mystery that the icon seeks to express. During Lent, it is my hope that the display and interaction with this exhibit will contribute to your Lenten journey.