Saturday, November 11, 2006

Our Lady of Vilnius

"Within the large dome above the altar, an icon of Our Lady of Vilnius glows with her golden halo of sunrays as she rests upon a sliver of the moon. She graces this New York church as she does Dawn's Gate in Vilnius.

The painting of the icon was made possible by the generosity of Dr. Grazina Austin. She commissioned the artist Tadas Sviderskis to create the image of the Madonna of Dawn's Gate, an important spiritual center in Vilnius. Grazina, her mother and many others have a powerful response to this icon which affirms their Lithuanian identity within the Catholic Church."

-Aukse Trojanas, in Bridges: Lithuanian American News Journal, July/August 1995

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