Sunday Afterwords: Reading an Icon

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob. ~Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):1

The Chrysler museum has a very beautiful exposition of icons from the British Museum and the Museum of Russian icons in Massachusetts.

On Gaudete Sunday we mark the halfway point of our journey through the Advent season in preparation for the celebration of the Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord. During these final days of preparation we can experience this exhibit as an oasis of tranquility and peace in the midst of all the busyness that often distracts us from what is most important, that is, our life in Christ.

When you enter the exhibition let an icon draw you into its gaze. Take a few moments and be attentive to the details. An icon can draw you into contemplation of the beauty of the Christian mystery. Take time to notice details that can stretch our religious imagination. There is a way of reading an icon, that, more than looking at art, draws one to contemplate the beauty of heaven, which is our human destiny. An icon can draw you into the mystery of the divine presence of God. This short video will help you read several icons and thus make your visit spiritually enriching.

Also remember the upcoming presentation at the Chrysler, Sound of the Saints.