Sunday, 28 June 2009

The Icon of Christ The High Priest

This icon appears on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops . The author has given his permission for its (non-commercial) use for the Year for Priests. This is his own description of the icon;

"This icon (egg tempera and gold leaf on wood panel, 28” x 22”) is based on a fifteenth century Greek prototype; here Christ is shown in Latin Rite vestments with a gold pelican over His heart, the ancient symbol of self-sacrifice. The borders contain a winding grapevine and altar prepared for the celebration of the liturgy of the Mass; in the borders are smaller icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.” Czarnecki explains: “I wrote the icon about seven years ago [for seminarians and priests] to be able to see Christ in themselves, and themselves in Christ. We often hear that the icon is called a window; in this case, it’s also meant to be a mirror.” The Good Shepherd reminds the priest that he is to “lay down his life for his sheep” (

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