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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Bathroom and the Icon Corner

I was standing there one night waiting for the toothbrushing extravaganza to be over (our bathroom only accommodates so many bodies, and it was not my turn!) and snapped this. I loved the contrast between the everyday, messy -- dare I say gross -- reality, and the transcendent super-reality around the corner just waiting for us to show up.

This is our holy Orthodoxy -- always patient and ready to receive us into its healing light. Amazing how a little corner in the house like this becomes a complete church in itself; in turn a whole cosmos filled with God's love, embracing all who approach "in faith and love". Our own threshold to Aslan's country.

Right there, next to the bathroom.
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10 comments:

Simply Victoria said...

lovely.
even next to the bathroom. :)

RW said...

reality

Elizabeth said...

What an utterly gorgeous icon corner :-)

Donna Farley said...

I have to admit-- I have never been completely reconciled to the prohibition against icons in the bathroom....I think the problem is, our 'bathrooms', unlike in the UK for example, are both toilets and actual rooms for --bathing--. "...and one room for the care of the body, without shame..." is part of one Celtic saint's idea of an ideal hermitage...this picture captures the spirit!

Donna Farley said...

I have to admit-- I have never been completely reconciled to the prohibition against icons in the bathroom....I think the problem is, our 'bathrooms', unlike in the UK for example, are both toilets and actual rooms for --bathing--. "...and one room for the care of the body, without shame..." is part of one Celtic saint's idea of an ideal hermitage...this picture captures the spirit!

matushkadonna said...

oops, sorry, don't know why that doubled...hey, your link to your parish website does not work cause you used an @ instead of a dot.

RW said...

Icons are prohibited in bathrooms? How come no one has told us?

matushkadonna said...

um.........

Jenny Hainsworth said...

Yeah -- one of our places in Edinburgh had two rooms: one with toilet and sink, one with bathtub and sink. Most civilized. I object to having to brush my teeth in the same room where. . .where. . .you know. I suppose I could brush them in the kitchen, now that I think about it.

Jenny said...

This is just lovely!