Friday, April 16, 2010

Icon Update IV - The Visitation is Finished!!

The Visitation Icon is Finished! In this photo, the gold has been added, the border lines, the halo rings, and the stars on Mary's robe. I did innumerable little touch ups here and there, and now it awaits being varnished. It will look the same but much more vibrant after being varnished. Then it will get blessed, and added to our prayer space at home.

What a fruitful 5 days!!

I really must thank my kids for all the help in keeping the house running. Everyone did school, everyone ate real food three times a day, got a full nights sleep, kept the house cleaned up and the laundry mostly cleaned.

This icon is from the book of Luke 1:39-56, when Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Upon seeing Mary, Elizabeth cries out, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. "

Mary responds with these words, known as the Magnificat:

My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Remember, you can click on the photo to get a larger view.


Blogger Hope said...

I like it. That is my favourite mystery to pray. It often makes me teary.

April 16, 2010  
Anonymous Patricia said...

What a beautiful icon! God has surely blessed you with talent in those hands!

April 17, 2010  
Anonymous Owen said...

May God continue to bless your writing.

April 17, 2010  
Blogger Melanie Bettinelli said...

Beautiful. Amazing to watch it take shape step by step. Thank you for sharing all the photos.

April 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of your best yet, Renee. Can't wait to see it in person!


April 19, 2010  
Blogger Mimi said...

Beautiful job, thank you!

April 19, 2010  
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April 23, 2010  

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