Theophany from a child’s eyes.


I think this is a pretty accurate representation, don't you?

Okay, maybe the smile is not accurate, but all children draw their icons with people smiling! Would we want it any other way?

4 Responses to “Theophany from a child’s eyes.”

  1. Deborah says:

    Father, Bless,
    I understand why icons are written without depicting smiling faces (although I have seen a few icons of the Theotokos and Christ child–[e.g.'Sweet Kissing'] where there seemed to be a slight smile on the lips of both Mother and Child.).  I understand the reason for this tradition.  But, in real life, I am not so sure there was not a smile, like the one in this child's sweet drawing, on the Savior's face, when the Holy Spirit descended and the Father said "This is my beloved son….." 

  2. James says:

    Icons contain the gaze of divine wisdom which is joy, and, though we sometimes see the wisdom that has come from sorrow.  But a child's icon remains child-like in the wisdom of simplicity, thus, Jesus, Mary, the saints, smile.  There really is no contradiction.

  3. helen says:

    Father Seraphim,  my daughter Antonia, seven years old, and I think the picture is adorable and nice and so cute.

  4. I relate more to the “man of sorrows” part of Christ’s life. I smile a lot when I see my silly dog, or play with my grandchildren, but I never really forget how terrible things are for so many, and how I am blessed to have a small part in helping them.

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