"The solution is to be found through the sanctification of the parents. Become saints and you will have no problems with your children." Father Porphyrios , Wounded By Love

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Icon Family Tree

If you haven't created your very own "Family Icon" consider doing so with your children or Sunday school classes.  First we printed out the tree design and colored it, then we trimmed and added our icons of the Patron Saints for each member of the family. We cut the icons out of old catalogs and calendars we had. An icon of Christ was centered in the trunk of the tree, as we added the words of Christ in Greek - "I am the true vine + Ye are the branches" below. We had a little too much fun with the glue and glitter, then mounted it on construction paper, with two holes and string at the top. It hangs as a sort of a tapestry in our home. If you'd like, you could also write at the top "God bless the _______ Family."

For us, it has been a joy for our children to learn who they are named after. We have the habit of asking our kids, "Who has the name from Agios Vasilios? Who has the name from Panagia? From Saint Helen, and Saint Stefanos"  (our Family Icon needs an update with the birth of our daughter last year!)

We hope our tree will continue to grow outwards and spiritually upwards!

9 comments:

Maria said...

Very nice! I like the way you mounted it.

magda said...

How beautiful! Our son and his godfather have double-icons with both their saints on them. If you wanted to extend the family tree, you might include godparents. It's a great reminder to pray for each other.

Michelle M. said...

I really like this idea! Where did you get the print out of the tree? I like that if looks like you can keep adding family members to it.

flowersfortheteacher said...

Thank you for posting this! A visual sometimes, is all you need to get going with ideas. Thanks again.

Orthodox Education said...

Dear Magda, What a wonderful idea - adding the godparents is a fantastic addition! There's room for so many more on this tree!

Pres. Kathy said...

I love this idea!

Χαρά Κυρίου said...

Cogratulations for your interesting Blog!

Anonymous said...

where can we find the family tree sheet?

Orthodox Education said...

Here you go:

Page seven of this link

http://www.scribd.com/doc/49025598/Lent-Workbook-English-2

Adjust contrast before printing, and glue Christ in the middle first!

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