St. Benedict of Nursia
Saint Benedict was born in the Italian town of Nursia in the year 480 AD. Disturbed by the immorality around him, he dedicated himself to a different kind of life in his teens. Finally settled in Campagna, he founded the monastery of Monte Cassino because the site that had been a centre of theological education for the Western Church.
Considered the Father of Western Monasticism, St. Benedict wrote the Rule for his order based on the experience of the life of the Eastern Desert Fathers and Mothers. To this day, communities around the world continue to follow his Rule. Although most of these communities are Catholic, St. Benedict’s spirituality also influences the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.
These paper icons are of exceptionally high quality, showing beautifully in a home or church. Their simple iconographic style provides a portal to a saint or feast in our daily lives. Each is made with three goals in mind—to be beautiful, affordable, and environmentally-friendly.
The beauty of these paper icons can be seen in the great care taken to ensure that their images are sharp and their colours are correct. They are printed on heavy card stock, with each halo rendered in a golden, metallic foil, which more closely resembles the icon’s original gold.
Offering paper icons is one way that the studio attempts to make sure that the icons created here are affordable to anyone interested in praying alongside the saints. Another way is through donations made by supporters to give some to those without the means to pay themselves. If you are interested in inquiring about receiving such a gift, please contact the studio directly.
Environmentally, the reproductions are printed on paper using vegetable-based inks and renewable energy sources. All the packaging of these icons is biodegradable.
The sale of these icons is an integral part of our mission to worship with the saints. And, as a small, family-run business, their sale represents an important part of our livelihood.