01 February 2010

Presentation of Christ to the Temple

Tomorrow the Church celebrates one of the 12 "Great Feasts" of the liturgical year: The Presentation of Christ to the Temple!

I wish I could take a few more moments to reflect on the significance of this feast but the icon will have to do for the moment being. (I have an Ecclesiology project due in a few hours and I haven't even got to start yet. Yikes!)

For every major feast of the Church, the HC ladies rotate through the decoration of the feast day icons. The Presentation of Christ happened to fall to me this year. Here is a picture I took of the icon with my cell phone after I took it up into the vestry to wait for its procession in Vespers tonight. :)

Other than only being able to find bubble-gum colored flowers, it turned out pretty good! (The colors aren't bad in and of themselves, I just wish there was more contrast.. but I was so rushed trying to buy them I just had to grab some and get back to start putting it all together.) The daises on the corners are pink and, though it's hard to tell, the sides are lavender. The foam board I had to work with was too big, but all things considered, I'm pleased!

To contrast this a little, here is the icon I did for Exaltation of the Holy Cross back in September! (Talk about an honor to be able to do the icon for the seminary's feast day!!) As you might be able to guess, I definitely had a much bigger budget for the Holy Cross icon! =)

In closing, I want to share the Song of St. Symeon, who received Christ into the Temple. It is one of my favorite pieces of Scripture!

"Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, 
according to Your word; 
for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, 
and for glory of Your people Israel.
Luke 2:29-32

1 comment:

Pres. Kathy said...

WOW! The icons look beautiful!