The icon invites veneration. This veneration is founded on the certitude of the incarnation of God in man, Jesus of Nazareth. The ineffable is revealed and becomes visible through the human, and therefore it is possible to represent it in the icon. The icon is a sign of the presence of God. It represents the divine personages and saints whom we can pray to in order to raise the mind and heart to God.
The painting of icons is a divine service, and the sister-iconographer prepares herself for this service through fasting and prayer. By the reading and meditation of the Holy Scriptures she seeks the disposition to paint through lines and colors the divine holiness. Every color used, every detail of the drawing, has a precise meaning in icons.
The icons are created in three different techniques by the sisters of Bethlehem: embossed tin metal, frescoes, and fine reproductions of original icons mounted on wood.
The embossed tin icons are created on wood boards that are covered with tin metal “repoussé” that has been worked by hand. The icons are adorned with colored enamel. This style of artwork is very ancient and goes back to the first centuries of the Christian era.
The fresco icons are hand painted by a sister in a style of fresco painting. These beautiful icons are textured artwork appearing similar to ancient works painted on walls.
The mounted icons are created from quality reproductions of ancient icons and are printed on museum quality art paper with high quality pigment-based inks. The reproductions are mounted on birch veneered plywood and varnished for protection.