From staff reports
St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, will host a workshop on “Iconography of Life – Symbolism for Prayer” after the 8:30 a.m. Mass Jan. 15 in the church.
Iconographer Kristina Marie Sadley will share the ancient tradition and theology and symbolic associations of the icon as a personal opportunity for prayer – God’s holy image within.
She will discuss the “Iconography of Life” icon that pictures the unborn Jesus held within Mary and by God and the holy guardian angel. The icon was written for the March for Life and blessed in March 2017 on the Feast of the Annunciation by Bishop Gerald Barbarito of the Diocese of West Palm Beach, Fla.
The theme of this year’s March for Life is “Love Saves Lives,” and Sadley and her husband will be displaying the icon at the Jan. 18 conference and expo and Jan. 19 march and rally in Washington, D.C.
Sadley, a native of Trenton, earned a degree in art education from the University of Maine at Orono and trained with Vladislav Andreyev, a master iconographer, for 14 years. In addition to working in her studio, Prophecy Designs Icons, Sadley conducts workshops and presentations on the creation and symbolism of icons.
In 2012, her icon “Our Lady of Tenderness” was installed in St. Andrew Parish, Jobstown, and consecrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.
For more information about the event, contact the church at 609-587-4877. St. Gregory the Great Church is located at 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square.