An Icon for St. Paul's

April 17, 2014
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On a gray winter's day, shortly after the 7-foot painting of Jesus had been moved into the back of St. Paul's Church in Carondelet, we sat down to a conversation with the artist Evan Smith and St. Paul's rector Robert Ard.

For the past months, Evan, a member of St. Paul's, had been working on the large piece for the congregation. It's influenced by medieval illustrated manuscripts and traditional icons, and it's a representation of the resurrected Christ, specifically for the people of St. Paul's.

The work remained in the rear of the church during most of Lent, and was recently installed over the altar. It's covered until Easter services Sunday.

You can see an 8 minute video of parts of that conversation (click on the CC for captions to display). A longer article will be included in the May issue of Seek.

Evan hails from Charleston, WV and moved to St. Louis in 2010 where he lives with wife Stacey, a civil engineer. He'll graduate in May from Forest Park Community College with an associates degree and will continue his BFA at Webster University in the Fall. His website is

Holy week services at St. Paul's include: Maundy Thursday at 7 pm, Foot Washing and Eucharist; Good Friday at 7 pm, Veneration of the Cross and Good Friday Proper Liturgy; and Holy Saturday at 12 noon is Stations of the Cross ending in the tomb. Easter Sunday services, with the uncovered icon are at 8 and 10 am.

The icon will be dedicated with a service and Eucharist on Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm. St. Paul's is located at 6518 Michigan Ave. in St. Louis, 63111.

Images: Evan Smith and the icon before it was moved above the altar; the installed icon with covering above the altar at St. Paul's Church. Some additonal photos online.

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