Blessing of the Icons

May 10, 2021 marked the conclusion of our Fall Iconography program with a beautiful blessing ceremony in the chapel at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Our four beginning students wrote the Holy Mandylion (Holy Face of Christ) shown below; our eight intermediate/advanced students wrote St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and a total of thirteen icons (including one instructor icon) were blessed into service with blessings bestowed on the iconographer and the icon itself.

Nathan LeRud, Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral presided (and was one of our beginning students) along with Father Jon Buffington, Master Iconographer of our Program. Similar to the multi-sensory liturgical practices of early Christians, this blessing involved the senses of sight, sound, and touch. The beautiful blessing of a visual liturgical art is spoken and includes touching the icons with the sign of the cross using Chrism oil and asperging them with Holy Water.

You can view the eight minute video on Trinity Iconography’s Facebook page, by clicking this highlighted link or clicking the photo below.

Our beginning students wrote the Holy Mandylion

Students & Their Completed Icons

If you are interested in learning the liturgical art of iconography, please visit our class page and know you are welcome to join. No previous art experience is required.

Icon for the Fall 2021/2022 Beginning Class – The Holy Mandylion by Ania Kocurek Williams
Icon for the Intermediate/Advanced Class 2021/2022 – St. Luke the Evangelist will be taught by Father Jon Buffington