The Holy Father Pope Francis blessed the Holy Icon of Our God Jesus Christ made by The Icon Centre.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, anoints, blesses and venerates the Icon of the Saviour made at the Icon Centre.
It was delivered in person, and 'miraculously' passed through Italian customs unscathed! The icon was welcomed by the Anglican parish in Rome on Thursday evening at which our Director gave a lecture explaining its significance and meaning, which was warmly welcomed by the suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Europe and Archbishop Moxxon of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
The ecumenical service came on Sunday after days of rehearsals and practical tasks such a cleaning the thurible in Coca Cola, as well as mounting the icon in the 19th century gilt frame.
The service was attended by various ambassadors, and various ecclesiastical dignitaries including Cardinals Pell and Kasey, and Archbishop Kelly emeritus Archbishop of Liverpool.
At the end of the service Ian was presented to the Holy Father and gave to him one of our prayer cards of Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls.
A wonderful start to the year!