The Ladder of Icon Writing

18 Nov

Twenty Two Steps of Contemplation

During our icon workshops, we give each student a copy of the Twenty Two Steps of Contemplation; as you begin your icon, this is what each step represents and we meditate on each step as we write our icon in prayer:

1.  The Board = The Tree of Life–A Return to Paradise

2.  The Linen = The Veil–The Shroud

3.  The Gesso = Quiet–Emptiness–Virgin Whiteness–Mother of all color

4.  The Drawing = The Sign–First Name Giving

5.  Engraving = Deepening–White into White

6.  Clay = The Nature of Man

7.  Gold = Also the Nature of Man

8.  Red Venchik = Alpha–Red Diadem

9.  Rozkrish = Chaos

10.  First Lines = Second Name Giving

11.  First Light = Cosmos–Body; Material

12.  First Float = Also Cosmos–Body; Material

13.  Second Light = Anthropos–Soul

14.  Second Float = Also Anthropos–Soul

15.  Third Light = Theocosmos–Spiritual Mind

16.  Third Float = Also Theocosmos–Spiritual Mind

17.  Final Drawing = Real Name

18.  Ozhivki = Life Giving Lights

19.  White Venchik = Omega–White Diadem

20.  Olifa = Oil–Chrism–The icon is sealed for service

21.  Liturgical Consecration = Mystical Name Giving–Energetic Union of the Image with the Prototype

22.  Contemplation

 

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