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Offline mike

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Icon-writing, a path to recovery for prisoners in Poland
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:51:41 PM »
Behind the bars of a prison on Poland’s eastern fringe, a dozen women serving time are lost in concentration as they learn the intricate art of icon-writing in the Orthodox Christian tradition.

The centuries’ old craft, which typically displays the Virgin with the baby Jesus, saints and Christ in rich strokes of dark red, green and gold is being used for the first time as part of a social reintegration programme at a major correctional facility in Bialystok.

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Re: Icon-writing, a path to recovery for prisoners in Poland
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 05:13:00 PM »
Very interesting idea.  May the Lord be with them!

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Re: Icon-writing, a path to recovery for prisoners in Poland
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 05:59:57 PM »
Good to hear.  :angel:
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Re: Icon-writing, a path to recovery for prisoners in Poland
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 06:13:26 PM »
I have venerated a beautiful icon of St. John the Merciful which was painted using the few materials allowed to a prisoner who is in maximum security. In the course of his imprisonment, he became Orthodox and later a monk of the great schema.
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Re: Icon-writing, a path to recovery for prisoners in Poland
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 06:38:38 AM »
That is some wonderful and inspiring news.  It's a great idea!