The Icon of the Divine Heart

Veneration of the diptych icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father

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Picture of the diptych icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father visiting and being venerated in the humble abode of a Latino family in the United States of America. Also present are a relic of the True Cross of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the apostles.

God the Father icon in Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography

APPROACHING THE DIVINE FRONT COVERThe diptych ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has just been featured in the newly released book Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography by the world-renowned iconographer and Villanova University professor of art, Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. (Hope & Life Press, 2014). The icon is featured in the section Icons of God the Father. The icon had been written by Fr. Cannuli based upon the original pencil drawing of the Divine HeartApproaching the Divine is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.

Why an icon not a painting? – 3

The symbolic language of the icon is “incomprehensible to the sated flesh, to the heart full of longings for material things. But it becomes the very fabric of life when these longings collapse and an abyss opens at our feet. Then we need a firm foothold at the edge of the abyss, we need to feel the motionless calm of the icon above our tribulations. And the joyous vision of a sobor, a church of all creation above the bloody chaos of our existence becomes as necessary as our daily bread. We need (more…)

Why an icon not a painting? – 2

“At all levels – the artistic, the spiritual, the political and the domestic – icons reveal a profound concern for the integration and inter-relationship of the spiritual and the material, the sacred and the secular” (J. Baggley, 1987, Doors of Perception).

Why an icon not a painting?

“The wider significance of the events portrayed [in the icon] has to be worked out in the soul of those who behold the icon; what the icon represents may have been manifested at a precise point in time and space, but its fuller significance is found in the inner world where the true work of purification, illumination and union have to be accomplished” (Fr. John Baggley, 1987, Doors of perception: Icons and their spiritual significance, p. 82).

More about why it was an icon, not a painting, that was requested by God the Father for consecration and veneration can be found here.

Notice – The icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father

The icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has now been featured in the Christian Art and Christian Theme Artwork galleries at Fine Art America.

On the icon of the Divine Heart

Why have we been given the icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – an icon of a heart and Person generally invisible in nature, in comparison to the incarnate Son of God who visibly took on our humanity? Because “visible things in so far as they represent invisible things without shape so that in giving the visible things a physical shape, we can have a veiled knowledge of them . . . the mystery of the Trinity is reflected in the sun, its light and its rays” (Egon Sendler, 1988, The Icon: Image of the Invisible, p. 80).

What is the icon of the Father’s Heart? – Thought for the day

“Visibility of the invisible, this portrayability of the unportrayable, is what the icon is” (Bulgakov).

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – More apologetics – 1

“Visible icons are the seeing of the invisible. They are products and representations by visible images of divine traits and ineffable and elevated contemplations” (Dionysus the Aeropagite).

“God sketched His image in the creature and this divine image is, therefore, imageable” (Bulgakov).

According to iconoclasts and many iconographers of the traditional stripe, it is impossible – heretical even – to have an icon either portraying God the Father or an attribute of Himself. To this effect, both groups of people quote Jn 1:18 from Scripture: “No man has seen God at any time.”

But setting aside the fact that the Father Himself asked that such icons be made and both showed (more…)

Renewed call for institution of the Solemnity of the Divine Paternal Heart

The public call was explicitly made for institution of the Solemnity of the Divine Paternal Heart of God the Father, in the liturgical calendar of the universal Church. This call was made by Thomas W. Petrisko, President of The Father of All Mankind Apostolate and former president of the Pittsburgh Center for Peace. In The Divine Paternal Heart of God Our Father, Petrisko (2012) said:

“The Father’s pain for His children now pierces His Paternal Heart. The Lord of Heaven and earth (more…)

Description of God the Father – 5

FOR HIS GLORY

The Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts – Original Narrative of 26th May 2010

icon of divine heart1At around 5.45pm, I was again in an inner room in my house. The sun came right back at me, in front of all the trees I have at the back of my house (normally the trees obscure the sun). Its rays again started flashing and twinkling, and I saw God’s Heart (again) – gray, with folds, membranes and so on, again – pulsating as though He was breathing. The rays kept on going back and forth, as though beckoning me to go back out into my back yard, which I did. As soon as I reached my back yard, the sun became immensely brilliant. Rays radiated all around me, I felt God’s warmth and love penetrating right into the depths of my being, and I saw myself staring again, without any problems, straight at the very core of the sun.  (more…)

Description of God the Father – 4

FOR HIS GLORY

The Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts – Original Narrative of 25th May 2010 

icon of divine heart1Yesterday evening, at around 6pm, I was in one of the inner rooms in my house, when I suddenly saw a ray of sunlight come right at me, through the wooded trees at the back of my house. It was as though it was twinkling, going back and forth. So I asked, “Is that You?” And I heard, “Come,” while the ray kept on twinkling further as though beckoning me. Throughout all this, the sun appeared in front, rather than at the back, of my trees, which I thought was quite weird. So I went out onto my lawn in my backyard and looked at the sun, trying to figure out what was happening since it seemed different than usual.

Then the sun came much closer to me, actually hiding the branches of the trees. Its rays came right at me and they became very brilliant; I have never seen anything like it. The rays (more…)

NEW RELEASE – The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives

The Divine Family.jpg Resized to 800 pxThe Apostolate of the Divine Heart announces the publication of its latest book titled The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives. The book is available directly from the publisher and the online bookseller Amazon. For those outside the US, you can obtain the book either from the respective Amazon sites or directly from the distributors.

In The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives, the lived experiences of the author with the Members of the Divine Family and others are presented openly in print for the first time. These experiences occurred from 2010 through 2012. Written predominantly in a dialogical narrative style suitable for believers and non-believers alike, the author chronicles first-hand some of her personal experiences with the archangels Michael and Raphael; demons and Satan, the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father.  (more…)

Preview video of new release – The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives

On the iconographer’s website – The Divine Heart

Here is the blessed, holy icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father with the Consecration (Seal) Prayer, on the website of the iconographer Fr. Richard G. Cannuli O.S.A.

Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father

The Icon of the Divine Heart – Update

The diptych, ecumenical, revealed icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts – Infinite Love was written by Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. in 2011-2012, according to the original pencil drawing of the Divine Heart. After completion, the icon was initially kept on the altar in the chapel of St Thomas of Villanova Friary (USA) for many liturgies. It was blessed by Fr. Cannuli (more…)

The Father, Son and the Spirit in the icon of the Divine Heart – 5

God the Father

God the Father is “the super-essential Sun . . . infinite . . . by nothing encompassed, but rather Himself the encompasser . . . He keeps all being in His own embrace . . . And to put it shortly, all the statements made about God that imply body have some hidden meaning and teach us what is above us by means of something familiar to ourselves, with the exception of any (more…)

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the icon of the Divine Heart – 4

“We have one God because there is a single Godhead. Though there are three objects of belief . . . it is as if there were a single intermingling of light, which existed in three mutually connected Suns” (Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 31, in On God and Christ, 127-128).

“It is just like three suns cleaving to each other without separation and giving out light mingled and conjoined into one” (John of Damascus, De fide orthodoxa 1.8).

The Father and the Son in the icon of the Divine Heart – 3

“They are united with each other without mediation or distance, and that they exist inseparable; all the Father embosoming the Son, and all the Son hanging from and adhering to the Father, and alone resting on the Father’s breast continually” (St Athanasius, On the Councils of Ariminum and Seleucia 26, PG 26.733B).

The Father, the Son, and the Spirit in the Icon of the Divine Heart – 2

“God made His Son man so that just as He comes to rest, as God, in the loving bosom of the Father (Jn 1:18), so as Man, He, and together with Him, all who are gathered in communion with Him, can also rest in God” (Staniloae, D. 1994. The experience of God: Revelation and knowledge of the Triune God, p. 71).

The Father, the Son, and the Spirit in the Icon of the Divine Heart

“The Father – the sun in the sense of the paternal subsistence of infinite light, causes the Son to appear in Him, that is, the sun in the sense of a reflection of the whole of that infinite light which subsists in the Father. The Father projects Himself within Himself as a filial sun and views Himself henceforth through the latter, while comprising (more…)

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – 27

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Conclusion

The diptych icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts (with) Infinite Love originated from a series of revelations and visions given by God the Almighty Father to two individuals throughout 2010-2011 (Apostolate of the Divine Heart, 2011). The icon has been written by a noted friar-iconographer and will be enshrined in a (more…)

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – 26

The Icon of the Divine Heart: Part 6 – The Need for the Ecumenical Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts

As has been shown, a need exists in the universal Church, for both icons in general and the ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts in particular because, (more…)