On the Octave (Eighth) Day of Christmas, we commemorate in a special way the the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Throughout the ages Christians have depicted our Lady in various and sundry sacred images, which include paintings on panels, frescoes and murals on walls, as well as free-standing statutes of marble, wood and stone. These are some of the many mediums employed to portray the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The icon on this page was written by one of our monks during lessons conducted by Abbot Damian Higgins of Holy Transfiguration Byzantine Catholic Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, earlier this year.

We are happy with the progess made by our two monks who studied iconography, the art of writing icons, under Abbot Damian. Our brothers have set up their studio here at Christ in the Desert and continue writing icons.

A Blessed and Happy 2021 to all who read this