It being some time since I posted here and noticing that others were posting their own work I decided to post some images of my own icons. These four icons are in the parish church of St. Francis, Priorswood, Dublin (not far from the airport and the M50). The Deesis was made for the church and was painted in acrylic on MDF. Each icon is 118 x 89 cm and they are copies of a set kept at the Monastery of Dionysiou, Mt. Athos. They were blessed at the Easter Vigil 2001.
The remaining icon of the Theotokos Panagia was originally made for the now (sadly) defunct Sacred Heart chapel in Church St. It was made to fit over the door to the friary and sacristy and to complement another icon which sat over a stained glass image of the Sacred Heart. It is painted in egg tempera with gilding in both oil (outside the figures) and water (the area of the disk around the Christ child including his clothing) methods. It now sits over the door to the church from the sacristy in Priorswood.
You can see them in situ here at the St. Francis' parish virtual tour.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Back in 2005 I made a pilgrimage to Mount Athos, Greece with two other friars. We were much moved by the experience. That was before I got a digital camera so I am only now getting around to the task of scanning some of the many photos I took. This 'Baptistry' (I think that's what it was) struck me as particularly beautiful. We witnessed a liturgy there that involved a blessing and drinking of water, presumably with a renewal of baptismal/monastic vows.
|The Font is on the left of this outer courtyard at Gregoriou.|
|Christ the Great Angel or Holy Wisdom in the centre of the Cupola|
|The Theotokos as the Life-giving Fountain|
|Christ heals the paralytic at the pool of Bethsaida|
|Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well|
|Christ's Baptism in the Jordan|
|1. Moses with the Theotokos as the Burning Bush. 2. St. Damian. 3. Assumption of Elijah in the firey chariot.|
|1. Assumption of Elijah. 2. St. St. Kosmos and the Grieving of the Israelites in Babylon (Ps. 137)|
|By the waters of Babylon (Ps137), St. Ermalaos, Christ heals the blind man.|
|St. Panteleimon, St. Nicholas calms the storm, St. Anastasia|
|St. Gregory, St. Tryphon and Athonite Saint with the Theotokos.|
|St. Aniketos, St. Akakios of Kavsokalyvia, St. Sampson.|
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I was rooting around in one of our libraries and I found a copy of the Canon Missae ad usum Episcoporum ac Praelatorum solemniter vel private celebrantium from 1934. While examining this beautiful book that comes with it's own 'folder' I came across this page which is the beginning of the Canon itself, just after the preface. Why are our modern missals so drab and functional in comparison?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Further photos from St. Patrick's, Trim:
|St. Oliver Plunkett|
|Sacred Heart revealed to St. Margaret Mary|
|Immacualte Conception revealed to St. Bernadette|
|St. Anne and the Blessed Virgin|
|St. Therese of Lisieux|
|The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin|
|The Holy Family|
|South transept: St. Patrick before the High King|
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The church is very close to the Castle (one can see one from the other) and is well worth a visit if you're in Trim. I don't know who the architect was but he did a beautiful job.
|to the left of the altar|
|behind the altar|
|front of the sanctuary at the bottom of the steps|
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Early one morning last week while praying in the church at Gormanstown where our Provincial Chapter was occurring I looked up and saw this. I just couldn't resist a photo. Doesn't do it justice.