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Blessed be the Hands

Blessing of Gay Pogue's Hands at St. John's Jackson

April 10, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016, I took the board for the Transfiguration icon to church. Fr. Trent Moore anointed my hands and gave me the blessing. The children (second graders, 345’s) who had learned about icons a few weeks ago stood with me. You can just see the board behind me on the kneeling cushions.

Below is the text of the introduction and blessing. It was a blessing, indeed.


Introduction

At its March meeting, the Vestry accepted Gay Pogue’s offer to paint an icon of the Transfiguration of Christ to be placed on the wall near the entrance of the Chapel of the Transfiguration. She is now ready to begin painting and has asked for a blessing upon her and her work. Gay, will you please come forward and bring the board on which the icon will be painted. Gay has met with our children twice to introduce them to icons. I’d like the children who are present to come forward and stand with Gay as she receives a blessing.

Anointing the hands of the Iconographer

Gay, I anoint your hands with this Oil of Chrism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. May God guide your hands as you present the Gospel in line and color in this holy icon.

Blessing of the Iconographer

O Divine Lord of all that exists, you illumined the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with your Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent your Holy Mother, who held you in her arms as a small child.

Enlighten and direct the soul, heart, and spirit of this your servant who loves the beauty of your house. Guide her hands so that she may worthily and perfectly paint your image for your glory and the adornment of the Chapel of the Transfiguration.

Forgive her sins and the sins of those who will view the icon she paints. Deliver her from all temptation, protect her from all evil, and instruct her with divine counsel.

Bless her + and all who stand in awe before you. 

May the icon she paints make us mindful of your glory and grateful for a place in your heavenly kingdom, for you are good and merciful and your love for humanity is eternal. For this we give you honor and glory, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and for ever, to the ages of ages. Amen.