The word icon, which comes from the Greek eikon meaning 'image', has come to refer specifically to a sacred image. Icons are traditionally associated with the Greek and Russian Orthodox Church Communities, where their presence is very ancient, although recent years has seen icons embraced within many Church Communities in the West.
According to Orthodox teaching, icons are not art in the general sense but a method of prayer. They are windows into another realm and can depict Our Lord, His holy Mother, the Saints and Angels. An Icon symbolises the heavenly person it depicts and shares his or life. It is a sacramental, outward and visible sign of a living reality. When we stand before an Icon, we stand in the presence of the Holy Person it depicts.
Here Saint Martin is depicted as a Bishop of the undivided church. The Icon was placed here at the beginning of the Centenary celebrations marking the creation of the Parish of which he is Patron. It was solemnly consecrated by Bishop David Thomas, the Provincial Assistant Bishop at the High Mass on the day of the Centenary. May 20th 2003.
THE ICON OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD OF WALSINGHAM
THE ICON OF THE PATRON SAINT OF THE PARISH,
ST MARTIN OF TOUR
THE ICON OF CHRIST THE RISEN LORD
was placed here on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, 8 September 2000. The family and friends of local schoolteacher, parishioner and pilgrim to Our Lady's Shrine at Walsingham - Nigel Trigg. He died aged 40 and this Icon was commissioned in thanksgiving for his life.
The Icon was written by the late Brother Leo an Orthodox Christian who lived and worked at Walsingham.
This was written by Aidan Hart of Shrewsbury. It has been placed at the entrance to the Holy Cross Chapel were the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and opposite the great figure of the Calvary. It is a gift to the parish from the Jeremy Family in thanksgiving for the life of Juliet Blair
THE ICON OF CHRIST in the Cloister
This is a photo enlargement of an icon held by Dr David Woolf.