Jesus – true icon

‘He was in the world, the world which had come into being through him,

yet the world did not recognise him.’ John 1:10

This ancient icon in St Catherine’s monastery, Sinai, is the oldest surviving icon of Christ, made in the early fourth century when the doctrine of the Incarnation was in the process of being defined. If you cover one half with your hand, you will see that the left side depicts Christ as human and the right side as divine (see mirror image below).

Word made flesh,

be recognised in us.

In compassion for

our brothers and sisters,

make us truly human;

in forgiving,

full of grace.