A blessing and formal opening of the completed church at Ibillin. Sr Berndette Cook
In June this year I returned to complete the painting of the church in Galilee. The Pantocrator for the 27-metre-high dome still had to be painted. I knew that at almost 79 I could not ascend to those heights. We devised a plan whereby a 5.5-metre disc would be constructed and I would paint the image on the pieces of the disc laid together on the church floor. After I had painted the image each piece was raised and screwed to an already constructed metal frame. When I left, the scaffolding still obscured any view of the icon in situ.
I also thought you would like to see some pictures of what we have been doing this summer in the church in Galilee which we have been decorating with icons over the past years. The iconostasis which you see in the picture is where we started eight years ago. This May and June I aimed at bringing the work to a conclusion. In May I started with the side-apse paintings of St George and St Macrina the Younger (an older sister of Basil the Great who raised him) and the central-apse Madonna of the Sign.
A blessing and formal opening of the completed church is to be held one Saturday at the end of November for the feast of Blessed Miriam Buwadi, who is from Ibillin. You are all invited!