Knights of Columbus (KC) men are a rich blessing for Wisconsin. They really get around and promote prayer-worthy causes in many parts of the state. I was glad to meet council members, actually from several states, at the Men of Christ conference where I was exhibiting and selling my own Christian art.
"A Higher Purpose: Help strengthen families and revitalize our parishes. Knights of Columbus councils will invite each family in their parish to consecrate themselves to the Holy Family and to devote themselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph."
KC's Family Consecration initiative is part of a much needed national effort and is now being promoted by many KC local councils. They offer to individuals and groups Holy Family Consecration prayer booklets and cards with the offer to organize a public or private ceremony. Below are published photos from a recent event.
The Holy Family icon was commissioned by a faithful and fruitful family who has a particular devotion to the holy and chaste family of Nazareth. They wanted to have it blessed upon learning that there would be a Holy Family consecration happening. As you see above, the newly completed Holy Family icon was unexpectedly put to quick and proper use and not just blessed at the conclusion of the event (as was the initial, humble intent of the icon owners).
I was personally touched by the warm response given to this icon as I rarely witness what happens to icons once they depart from my home studio. Again, thanks to KC and Schoenstatt Movement representatives for this grace filled event.
About There are many types available for copy, however, this particular Holy Family icon is based, as was the commissioner's request, on a popular Holy Land style icon pattern. Artistic decisions and/or adjustments were made so it is not identical to any other that you might find online or already situated within a church. That is the beauty of original artwork. A one page description of the icon was included as part of the commission project.
No two iconographers are alike, so the icons although "copied", they always turn out differently and there's no need for deliberate innovation as it happens naturally and according to God's plan (not ours).
More At the time when I was studying Christian art in England, there was a priest assigned to the task of lecturing on or about icons as he was also an iconographer. Here is an introductory page from one of his short books on icons. The Presence of God:
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
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First in Via Marialis series. Annunciation 16"x36". Painted using the ancient technique of egg tempera over a solid 1/8 clay panel and then framed. Beautiful! Current updates here.
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