Icon Art in the Auditorium

Apr 30th, 2014

Annunciation School now houses three beautiful icons from the original Church of the Visitation.  We will be having a special blessing of the icons and prayer service in the school auditorium on Tuesday May 6th at 1:45 p.m.  Please join us.  The auditorium has a rich history as the first church for Annunciation parish and today is the scene of much activity and important events throughout the year.  The icons are a beautiful addition to the school and are so perfect for a school that has Mary as its patron saint.

The icon to the left of the stage is of St. Joseph, Patronus ecclesiae ”…”Patron of the Church.”  This icon shows St. Joseph as both protector of the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus, and as the Patron of the Church.

The icon to the right of the stage is of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “Cor Jesus Sacratissimum” … "most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”  

On the west wall there is a triptych depicting the Blessed Mother’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth when they were both with child.  The Latin “Beata Quae Credidisti” means, “Blessed are you because you have believed.”  It recognizes Mary for her great trust in God.  The icons of the Child Jesus and of John the Baptist at age twelve, superimposed on Mary and Elizabeth, indicate the important role of the two women and their part in the plans of God.  The icons also denote the sense of responsibility. “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” “My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior”. 

The artist, Brother Frank T. Kacmarcik, OblSB, an award-winning artist and church-design consultant was a brother at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN.  He began teaching art at Saint John’s University in 1950.  Brother Kacmarcik died February 22, 20014 at the age of 83.

Holy icons are more than just sacred art, they express in visual form the central doctrines of the faith. Icons are sacramentals that help us to be in the frame of mind to receive God’s grace.  Other examples of sacramentals are holy water, chrism oil, and making the Sign of the Cross.  Sacramentals are instituted by the Church unlike the seven sacraments that were instituted by Christ.  Special times of the year can be sacramentals, too, like Advent, Lent, Feast of Pentecost, etc.  Places and or objects can be sacramentals when they are blessed, such as churches and chapels, and rosaries.

When creating an icon, the artist uses a special process, special canvas and spends much time in prayer.  Icons have been part of the Church since the earliest days.  In a society that was largely illiterate they served as the major teaching tool of Church faith. The Eastern Rite of Catholicism has icons in the churches. The Eastern Rite of Catholicism has many icons in the churches.