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What you have been given as a gift
is for you to
share with your
brothers and sisters

In this Spirit, I would like to share the path I have decided to walk and the results of this adventure and my comitment to bring to who has felt the call, the tools and the knowledge I have recived.

Prayer Before Writing an Icon

Glory to Thee O God, Glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth,
Who art everywhere present and fillest all things,
Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life,
come and abide in us,
and cleanse us from every impurity,
and save our souls,
O Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal,
have mercy on us.


Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
Lord, cleanse us of our sins.
Master, pardon our iniquities.
Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name's sake.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

O Divine Lord of all that exists, You have illuminated the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with Your Most Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent the Most Holy Mother, the one who held You in her arms and said: The Grace of Him Who has been born of me is spread throughout the world. Enlighten and direct our souls, our hearts, and our spirits. Guide the hands of your unworthy servant so that we may worthily and perfectly portray Your Icon, that of Your Holy Mother, and of all the saints, for the glory, joy, and adornment of Your Holy Church.

Forigve our sins and the sins of those who will venerate these icons, and who, standing devoutly before them, give homage to those they represent. Protect them from all evil and instruct them with good counsel. This we ask through the prayers of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Apostle Luke, and all the saints, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.
Amen.

Oración del Iconografo


Gloria a Ti, Oh Dios , Gloria a Ti
OH Rey del Cielo, Nuestro Consuelo, Espíritu de Verdad,
Que estas en todas partes y llenas todas las cosas,
Tesoro de Bendiciones y Dador de Vida, Ven y Habita en nosotros,
limpianos de toda impureza y salva nuestras almas OH Buen Señor.

Santo Dios, Santo Poderoso, Santo Inmortal , ten piedad de nosotros
Santo Dios, Santo Poderoso, Santo Inmortal , ten piedad de nosotros
Santo Dios, Santo Poderoso, Santo Inmortal , ten piedad de nosotros

Gloria al Padre, Gloria al Hijo y Gloria al Espíritu Santo, como era en un principio ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amen.

Oh Santísima Trinidad, ten piedad de nosotros Señor, limpianos de nuestros pecados Maestro, perdona nuestras iniquidades OH Santísimo, visita y sana nuestras enfermedades, por la gracia de Tu Divino Nombre. Señor ,Ten piedad, Señor, Ten piedad, Señor, Ten piedad. Gloria al Padre, Gloria al Hijo y Gloria al Espíritu Santo, como era en un principio ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amen.

Padre Nuestro Que estas en el Cielo , santificado sea Tu Nombre, venga a nosotros Tu Reino y hagase Tu Voluntad en la Tierra como en el Cielo, Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día y perdona nuestras ofensas como también nosotros perdonamos a quienes nos ofenden, y no nos dejes caer en la tentación, mas libranos de todo mal. Amen.

OH Divino Señor de todo lo que existe, Tu has iluminado a Lucas Apóstol y Evangelista, con tu Mas Santo Espíritu, permitiéndole representa a Nuestra Mas Santa Madre, la cual te tuvo en sus brazos y dijo: La Gracia del que ha nacido de mi se ha derramado por todo el mundo. Iluminanos y dirige nuestras almas, nuestros corazones y nuestro espíritu.

Guía las manos de este tu indigno siervo, de manera que pueda dignamente representar Tu Imagen, la de Nuestra Madre Maria y las de todos los Santos, por la gloria y honra de Tu Santa Iglesia.

Perdona nuestros pecados y los pecados de aquellos que veneraran estos Iconos, y que parados devotamente en frente de ellos, dan homenaje a quienes ellos representan.

Protegelos de todo mal e instruyelos con buen consejo. Esto te pedimos por la Intercesión de La Virgen mas Pura Nuestra Madre Maria, el Apóstol Lucas, y Todos los Santos, como era en un principio ahora y siempre y por los siglos de los siglos. Amen.

Rules for the Icon Painter



1. Before starting work, make the sign of the Cross; Pray in silence, & pardon your enemies.
2. Work with care on every detail of your ikon, as if you were working in front of the Lord Himself.
3. During work, pray in order to strengthen yourself physically and spiritually; avoid above all useless words and keep silence.
4. Pray in particular to the Saint whose face you are painting. Keep your mind from distractions, and the Saint will be close to you.
5. When you have to choose a color, stretch out your hands interiorly to the Lord & ask his counsel.
6. Do not be jealous of your neighbor's work; his success is your success too.
7. When your ikon is finished, thank God that His Mercy granted you the grace to paint the Holy Images.
8. Have your ikon blessed by putting it on the altar. Be the first to pray before it, before giving it to others
9. Never forget: The joy of spreading ikons in the world. the joy of the work of ikon-painting The joy of giving the Saint the possibility to shine through his ikon. The joy of being in union with the Saint whose face you are painting. (Unknown Origin)

Iconographer's Prayer

Teach me, Lord, to use wisely the time
which You have given me and to work well
without wasting a second.
Teach me to profit from my past mistakes
without falling into a gnawing doubt.
Teach me to anticipate the project without worry,
to imagine the work without despair
if it should turn out differently.
Teach me to unite haste and slowness,
serenity and ardor, zeal and peace.

Help me at the beginning of the work
when I am the weakest.
Help me in the middle of the work
when my attention must be sustained.
And especially fill all the emptiness of my work with Your Presence.
Lord, in all the work of my hands,
bestow Your Grace so that it can speak to others
and my mistake can speak to me alone.
Keep me in the hope of perfection,
without which I would lose heart,
yet keep me from achieving perfection,
for surely I would be lost in arrogance.

Purify my sight when I am doing poorly,
for one is never sure that the work will turn out badly;
Yet when I am doing well, one is never sure
that the work will turn out well.
Lord, let me never forget
that all knowledge is in vain unless there is work.
And all work is empty unless there is love.
And all love is hollow unless it binds me
both to others and to You.

Lord, teach me to pray with my hands, my arms, and all my strength.
Remind me that the work of my hands belongs to You
and that it is fitting to return this gift to You.
Yet, if I work for the pleasure of others,
like a flowering plant in the evening
I will wither.
But if I work for the love of goodness,
I will remain in goodness.
And the time to work for goodness and for Your Glory is now.

 


Artesanto Students

I have been working with adult students for about 3 years.

Teaching  is for me a cooperative learning experience, where the teacher also learns form the student and from the experience of painting.

I am not a master and continue learning everyday , so I try to guide my students throught the steps of painting an icon strictly  in the way I have learned from my teachers., but also incorporating any tips  I have learned through my own experience. I normally teach using only egg tempera, but I do also teach the acrylic techniques.   I have been doing this for the children in Ikonokids, if asked to.

I have no words to describe the amazing feeling of joy I have experienced being a witness of the birth of an  Icon, not only when I have been the one painting it but also when I seen the hands of my friends do prayerfully write an Icon.   I assume that this is a very personal comment, but I compare this process with the birth of a child.

I am the coach in this process.  Many people asks me if it is hard or difficult to paint an icon. Painting icons is both difficult and hard, but I also say, anybody who wants to paint an icon can do so.   You do not need to “know” how to paint, or have experience with painting, only the desire and the love for Icons in your heart.  You do not need a special talent, or permission. But you have to know that after you do paint an Icon, you may become in love with Christ and his Holy Mother!!

I thank all my students for choosing me to be the one guiding them.

Ximena - Mother of God of Korzun

Azucena - The Mother of God Igorevskaya

Antonio - Our Lady of Vladimir

Caterina - Compassionate Mary

Carmen - The Trinity (Hosptiality of Abraham)

Lynn - Loving Kindness