Writing: A Holy Family Icon in December.
Prayer: Nativity Akathist.
Below is how I plan to spend a good part of Advent 2017. To accompany me, I have selected a Nativity Akathist as noted at the bottom. The photographs below were taken under various light conditions and at the beginning stages. Most definitely, this icon has a long way to travel and believe it or not, it will get there, God willing. The goal is to finish this icon by the end of December.
View Part One Here. Part Three Here.
The selected Nativity Akathist compliments my particular Holy Family icon journey very well.
The full title is “Akathist in Preparation for the Nativity in the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ” by Maximos, a hiermonk and it includes eleven Oikos and Kontakions. It originates from a monastery located in Wisconsin. I have never visited there, although I have heard good news about it.
My Akathist prayers began on the Feast of St Andrew, with the first Kontakion recitation and meditation. Every other day, I plan to add another Oikos and Kontakion and, in that way, prayers will be building up to Christmas and in coordination with my icon paint layering where every day, too, it will look less sketchy and more complete.
You see a more matured Christ Child in the icon selection above. Not that I want anyone to pass over Christmas, but recall too, that there follows a Christmas Octave and then the conclusion of the season, in 2018, where Jesus grows up in wisdom and grace This icon gently leads us in that direction. Doesn't it?
Click on the Akathist sample page below to view the short introduction and first preparation prayers.
Prayers While Writing An icon
Working independently, as I have noted before, is not so easy. A iconographer like myself finds it helpful to follow a set of personal guidelines that can be worked into a routine or daily rhythm and according to the image to be written.
Universal prayer manuals for iconographers do not exist, although communities and denominations might have or do have rules and/or time honored methods. You can read about any number of perspectives online or in print- all interesting, sometimes confusing or even contradictory. Nonetheless, if you study enough of this all, you'll eventually find a balance that works.
Our Christian Chronology
the birth of the Lord
encounter with Him at Mass
Let's prepare well.
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