Blessing of an Icon – The Protection of Philip

The Protection of Philip

Tonight at our celebration of the Feast of St. Philip we will bless our icon, The Protection of Philip. The icon shows Jesus and St. Philip standing together. Jesus is on the right side of the icon with his right arm around Philip. In his left hand Jesus holds a scroll that says, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” These words are recorded in John 14:8-14. St. Philip is traditionally portrayed as youthful looking. With his right hand he offers a sign of blessing. In his left hand Philip cradles our parish, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

V.   All things come from you, O Lord;
R.   And from your own gifts do we give to you.

V.   Prosper the work of our hands;
R.   Prosper our handiwork.

V.   Show your servants your works;
R.   And your splendor to their children.

O Divine Lord of all that exists, you illumined the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with your Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent your most Holy Mother; the one who held you in her arms and said: “The Grace of Him Who has been born of me is spread throughout the world.”

We give you thanks for the prayers and hands of Carol and for having enlightened and directed her soul, heart, and spirit that she might worthily and perfectly portray your icon and that of your apostle, Philip, for the glory and adornment of your Holy Church.

Christ is the icon of the invisible God; all things were created through him and for him.

V.   The Word became flesh;
R.   And dwelt among us.

Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior manifested your glory in his flesh, and sanctified the outward and visible to be a means to perceive realities unseen: Accept, bless, and make holy, we pray, this icon of your Son, Jesus Christ, and his holy apostle, Philip; grant that as we look upon it, our hearts may be opened and drawn to things which can be seen only by the eye of faith; may the blessing of this icon be to our benefit and to your honor and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Priest censes the icon while the following is said:

V.   Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One;
R.   Have mercy upon us.

Christ is the icon of the invisible God; all things were created through him and for him.


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