Aidan Hart, a member of the Orthodox Church, has been a full-time iconographer for over thirty years. He has works in over 25 countries of the world, including with HRH The Prince of Wales, the Ecumenical Patriarch, Pope Francis, and at Mount Athos and numerous cathedrals. Whether painting panel icons or frescoes, carving stone or wood, or making mosaics, for Aidan the act of creating an icon is to pray with matter. Above all, an icon is a door between heaven and earth, a place of encounter between the praying viewer and the person depicted.
Raised in New Zealand, Aidan has resided back in Britain since 1983, and now lives in Shrewsbury, England, with his wife and two children – his best icons yet.
In the prayer of the Orthodox Church, word and image go hand in hand. What does this icon and its liturgical texts tell us about Pentecost, the birth of the Church? God partook of our human nature so that we could partake of His divine nature, by grace. In the words of St Paul: “God has given us precious and very great promises that through them we may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). We shall finish with some prayers from the service.
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