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St. Peter Claver

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ICA026 4" X 5" ICON ON WOOD

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MCA226 8" X 10" ICON MATTED TO 11" X 14"

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$14.99
ICA126 6" X 8" ICON ON WOOD

$23.99


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ICA226 8" X 10" ICON ON WOOD

$34.99


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ICA326 10" X 13" ICON ON WOOD

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$49.99

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For those who combat contemporary slavery and care for victims, we find inspiration in the life and work of St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit from Spain who came to the new world in 1610 and cared for African slaves for 40 years. Even as they entered into the port of Cartagena, St. Peter Claver would row out to the ships and start ministering to the slaves who had survived the trip.  In caring for victims and survivors of slavery, St. Peter Claver understood the need to address their physical needs and that providing food and medicine was often more effective to communicate the love of God than just preaching. He was quoted as often saying "We must speak to them with our hands before we try to speak to them with our lips."

 

Wood-mounted icons are on 3/4" poplar or 5/8" Pro-Wood, with with tee-slots milled in the back for easy hanging. Icons are finished in classic cherry to replicate the traditional icon red, in keeping with Byzantine tradition. (Ancient icon board edges were frequently coated with red bole, a form of clay). Each mounted icon comes with a descriptive pamphlet explaining the symbolism and history of the image.

Please allow 5-10 business days for orders of 20 or more icons.

Our icon designs are also available as unmounted prints in sanctuary-size enlargements up to 38 inches wide. The latest technology enables enlargement without sacrificing quality. We do not currently have the ability to mount these prints on wood or any other material. You may purchase your own frame from a custom frame shop. Call 800-889-0105 for pricing and ordering.

Image Origins

Those who combat contemporary slavery and care for victims find inspiration in the life and work of St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit from Spain who came to the new world in 1610 and cared for African slaves for 40 years. Even as they entered into the port of Cartagena, St. Peter Claver rowed out to the ships to start ministering to the slaves who had survived the trip.

This icon was commissioned in 2011 after Br. Claude Lane’s completion of the icon of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of victims and survivors of human trafficking and slavery. Just as victims and survivors need the grace of God to carry on and heal, so those who care for them need the grace of God to persevere in their dedication to this cause.

In caring for victims and survivors of slavery, St. Peter Claver understood the need to address their physical needs and that providing food and medicine was often more effective to communicate the love of God than just preaching. He was quoted as often saying "We must speak to them with our hands before we try to speak to them with our lips."

Theology and Symbolism

The icon of St. Peter Claver, SJ was designed to serve as a companion piece to the icon of St. Josephine Bakhita.  The size, colors, and format of the saints' bodies are matching.  The visage of St. Peter is derived from contemporary etchings, but perhaps a little younger, making him appear to be in his early thirties, about the age of Christ.  He wears the typical habit of a Jesuit of the 17th century, including a high collar and a mantle or cape.  In his hand he holds a seashell, a symbol of the thousands of black slaves he baptized.  His other hand is raised in blessing, creating with his fingers the ancient monogram of the Greek letters of Christ’s name: IC XC.


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