Modern scholars such as Joseph Campbell have argued that religion is derived from the word religare: re (again) + ligare (bind or connect), which means to reconnect. I feel I reconnect with my spiritual self when I do Icon writing. Icon Writing is the process of visually implementing the spirit through icon painting techniques. For me, this process of iconography is the perfect metaphor for being pulled up towards the light in the magnificent domes of most Churches. When standing reverently ... Read More about Inebriate My Heart in Icon Writing Sacred Space
Entry Into Jerusalem Iconography "Astounding!, what a beautiful painting. I can’t believe it is painted with a mixture of million year old dirt and egg yolk.” That's one thought that comes to mind when you contemplate the work of modern icon painters. The icon painting of Entry into Jerusalem was created by Mary Jane Miller, one of the modern famous icon painters living in Mexico. Looking at this icon painting, you will see strange and ethereal images like the floating donkey ... Read More about 3 Things The Floating Donkey Means for Icon Painters?
The solemn procession, the traditional bringing of the Lord of the Column to San Miguel, will happen on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3. The sculpture of the flagellation of Christ will be carried from the Sanctuary in Atotonilco to San Juan de Dios Church, as it is each year. The tradition dates back to 1823, when a plague was occurring in San Miguel. When the locals decided to bring the Lord of the Column to town as an offering of prayer, the plague abated. The image commemorates the ... Read More about Lord of the Column, Grieving Our Suffering Earth
Resurrection icons portray the Easter story about Jesus coming back to life after death. Many a deity dies and then becomes resurrected. Dionysus in the ancient Greek myth, Osiris in Egypt, and Lemminkainen in Finnish mythology are three examples. Mayan myth of Quetzalcoatl is burnt up and resurrected as the morning star, while Odin tied a noose to the world-tree Yggdrasil, and hanged himself for nine days. By the power of the God of Norse mythology is strength and resurrection was complete. The ... Read More about How to find life after death revealed in Mysterious Resurrection Icons
It is Easter season again. Jesus may be dead, but His Spirit abounds with us and in us. His teachings are revelations and paradigms for humans to orient their lives and passions. Looking into the icon, I see death cannot be contained in a coffin or crypt and the story has just begun. Surrender to change is the message. Give up and give it all back to God, the Creator. Is Jesus dead in the painted icons of the Lamentation? The situation reminds us that our lives are temporary and spirit is ... Read More about Is Jesus dead in the Pained Icons of the Lamentation?