Writing a Prayer

My friend
this icon.

“You don’t paint icons,”
she said.
“You write them.
You are writing
a prayer.

“You begin with a small
brush. Then use
smaller and

She entered the tomb
with her
paint and

She paced
and wrote
until her prayer
white linen, dark robe,
beard, fingers, forehead,
her lips and his,
her cheek on his,
his life for hers.


Credits and References:
Partial copy from The Entombment (Russian, Late 15th Century) Icon written and photographed by Ann Green. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2018.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows:
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About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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2 Responses to Writing a Prayer

  1. gcoatesptgmailcom says:

    What a beautiful reflection on Ann’s icon.


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