Thursday, January 3, 2008
I made this before Christmas for our priest who was leaving St. Marys' Episcopal Cathedral. It was my first polychrome icon- I'd done some St. Francis icons before, but never in color. These priests and nuns are known as the "Martrys of Memphis," a remnant of the Sisters of St. Mary's who stayed behind to nurse the poor and sick during the Yellow Fever epidemic of of 1878. The icon I based this on was written by Br. Tobias Haller of the Bronx. Gary mounted the icon in a frame made from old kneelers from the Church of the Holy Communion, also in Memphis, where our friend served before coming to St. Mary's.