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Lenten mission, blessing focus on icons
Icons written by Mary Katsilometes
One of Mary Katsilometes’s new icons at Resurrection.
Icons written by Mary Katsilometes
One of Mary Katsilometes’s new icons at Resurrection.

TUALATIN — Iconographer Mary Katsilometes will lead a Lenten mission at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Resurrection Church. She will discuss how the ancient practice of praying with icons can inspire the faithful today. The mission is open to anyone.

Katsilometes has written three icons for the Resurrection community over a period of more than three years, and a fourth is under way.  She will explore how the symbolic meaning of icons can inspire community and individual prayer and meditation.  

“The author of the icon is the Holy Spirit, which is why the icons are not signed on the front,” Katsilometes said. “My job is to show up with my time and talent. The icon rises from prayer, and not just my prayer but the prayer of the community for whom it is being written.”

The Western Church is reclaiming the theology of the icon, said Katsilometes, who studied in France under the iconographer Jesuit Father Egon Sendler.  

The first crucifix she wrote for the parish, over the altar, is a crucifix flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the disciple. That icon is 13 feet high and 8 feet wide. Of similar size on the left of the sanctuary is a Resurrection scene, and on the right, the Annunciation.

Archbishop John G. Vlazny will visit the parish Saturday, March 2, and celebrate a Mass at 4:30 p.m. to bless the two newest icons.

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