A Window to God's Kingdom







Early in the week I had the great pleasure of being invited by my mother-in-law to attend the monthly meeting of a local arts & crafts guild. The topic for the evening--Icons! Artist and Icon painter Vappu Sointu Larsen (who lives in our town, Horten) gave a talk and showed many of the icons she's painted, as well as some of her newer works of abstract floral paintings in acrylics on large canvases. Sadly, I've not found much in the way of links apart from Facebook for Vappu Larsen. Photos were allowed, so I snapped a few of the Icons.
 

The word Icon comes from the Greek work eikon, meaning "image." An Icon though, is much more than just a visual likeness or portrait. Images of Christ, Mary, saints and angels have been created since the very early days of Christianity. The painting of Icons has a long and wonderful tradition within the Orthodox Church and part of worship.

Icon painting is a symbolic form of art, where the holy or divine is most emphasized rather than any human realism. It is an art form that carries with it very specific rules in composition, color, and subject matter to share a spiritual message. But not all religious art is an icon. A true Icon speaks of truth. And the true production of an Icon is a form of prayer. Icons teach of church history, doctrine, theology, morality, stories of specific sacred persons, and much more... reminding us of those things. Icons have so much meaning. But it is beyond the scope of this space, and my bare minimum of knowledge, to share here of the richness and spiritual beauty of Icons, as I am no expert on this subject. I seek to learn more, pray more...
 

Icons are a window to the Kingdom of God. A window inviting us to the love of Christ and His closeness to us...








P.S. In the Roman Catholic Church, today is collected Feast Day celebrating the three archangels in the Bible-- Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Gabriel the Archangel and Saint Raphael the Archangel. There are seven archangels in Heaven--standing before the Throne of the Lord--but only three mentioned by name in the Bible.

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  1. what a wonderful feast day! these Angels are so wonderful! true healers and protectors! How lovely about the icons and iconographer! what a special event for you to go to!!! HUGS and love!!!

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    1. It was actually quite hard to put into words the wonder of it all, seeing these Icons, Elizabeth. Being in their presence and spiritual energy... it was VERY special! :)

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  2. I loved learing about the painting of Icons. I love your title; A Window To God's Kingdom.
    I enjoyed looking at the photos you were able to take. I do enjoy religious art. We have some wonderful art interpretations of our beloved Savior by various artists. We do have such talented artist in our day. I think it is awesome that this artist lives in your town.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge on painting of icons; I loved learning about it all.
    Have a sweet weekend my dear friend in Christ. Blessings and hugs for you!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed too, LeAnn! I just love the thought and experience of how Icons are a window to God!

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  3. Love reading about your feast days Tracy and learning more about your faith. My father is a Catholic, although not a very active one and my Aunt Thelma was a staunch Catholic, so I am always interested in learning more. The painted icons are very beautiful. What a talent! Love you and God bless. xoxo

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    1. Happy you find much to enjoy here too, Marie! I like that you have Catholic heritage too! :)

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