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  1. Mrs. Rene O'Riordan

    “…the works draw feelings because they are beautiful..” – that is the true test of sacred art – and these works do draw the heart to higher things. Thanks for this video – blessings – Rene

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  3. Salvatore

    Although I don’t find these icons to my liking, I suppose the principal is the same as the tile mosaic icons.

  4. Beautiful, on so many levels. I love how Father Dimitri uses the beauty of the created world – without changing the colors or anything else about the shells – to create not only works of art, like the flowers, but also icons. He seems to have such a humble, prayerful spirit, and he blesses the icons and prays before them. There may be some Orthodox who will say that icons must be written with paint (some even say they must be done with egg tempera and not acrylics)but these mosaics are very spiritual to me. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  5. I agree, this are pleasing and effective folk iconography. Icons can, and always have been, made from any technically suitable material. Of course, some materials offer more detail and color than others, and seashells are limited in this regard. So I certainly wouldn’t endorse seashells as the most logical mosaic medium for icons. But if I were designing a small Orthodox chapel to be built near a beach in a place like Florida that has no natural stone, I would definately consider this as a charming and locally meaningful medium.

  6. Steve Calascione

    The maritime theme is very suggestive of the redemption and kind of presages the resurrection. What scripture does with words, these particular icons do with sheer symbolism.

  7. Carl Johnson

    A great way to use what god has given us.

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