1. Matthew

    His icons have a unique calmness to them.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment. This calmness was also a characteristic of Saint Sophrony himself, as is described beautifully in Seeking Perfection where it is written that “Father Sophrony had a generally ‘elegant’ way of being, of behaving and manner of working. All was done with a calm and careful, prayerful, attentiveness. Nothing was executed in haste or haphazardly. This trait was apparent in all aspects of his life.’

  2. Sister Esther

    Thank you for making this known!

  3. I wonder why they all look numb, i’ve read on the descriptions they are meant to be expressive but i don’t see it, im thinking, if the faces were more expressive the viewer would mirror them and feel the emotions that are written in the descriptions.
    I wonder why is that?

    1. Thank you very much for your comment, which touches on an important matter. The holy figures have moved beyond transient emotional states, which belong to the fallen world, and have attained to the impassivity of the eternal Kingdom. They radiate complete sanctification and surrenderment to the will of God. St Sophrony had a profound understanding of this having spent many years totally immersed in prayer, repentance and spiritual mourning. He knew such states from personal experience and also witnessed them in his many encounters with holy persons. The emphasis on the virtue of dispassion is one of the special characteristics which distinguishes St Sophrony’s iconography. Where there is an emphasis on emotions, what we see is a psychological not a spiritual art. If implemented in the context of the icon this would result in a fall away from iconographic expression towards sentimentality and humanism.

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