Praying with Eastern Rite Icons

28 February to 23 May 2023

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Our focus this semester will be on praying with Eastern Rite icons. They are quite different from the Western art we have concentrated on so far. The Western Church leaves artists free to paint religious images however they want; the Eastern Church provides guidelines to ensure that icons are theologically sound, because icons are meant to proclaim the Gospel in images as the Scriptures do in words. Icons belong in churches, not museums; they are sacred objects for the prayer corners of our homes, not decorations for anywhere else. They not only recall historical persons and events, but they are windows into heaven that put us into direct contact with the holy persons or with the enduring heavenly reality of the events portrayed. Icons, more than any other form of art, are meant to be prayed with. Please join us and experience their spiritual richness.


Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ, long-time member of the Manresa ministerial team,
Ms Carole Sugrue, docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts for more than 30 years.

Dates and Times:
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings:

1February 28Introduction & Last Week of Jesus Life
2March 14Holy Thursday
3March 28Good Friday
4April 11Resurrection
5April 25Appearances, Ascension, Pentecost & Assumption
6May 9The Trinity & Christ
7May 23Mary & Jesus


If you wish, look over the following images for Session 1 on February 28

Titles and images will be posted on 14 February


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