The eyes are written large showing that they have seen great things and have great wisdom and knowledge. Because the nose of the images inhales the fragrance and aroma of the Spirit, it is long, linear and otherworldly. The mouth is small, showing less importance on physical food and more importance on the Spiritual food.
The Ikon is not intended to worship, but rather, as an aid for prayer and a deeper understanding or awareness of a life lived in commitment to living the word of God through service to his/her brothers and sisters.
St John Damacene, Doctor of the Early Church
Patron Saint to Children,
Best known as an orator, teacher and was tireless in his pastoral care. Though not recognized greatly in his lifetime, his writings rightly place him among the great doctors of the Church. He worked towards giving justice to victims of prostitution trafficking in Cappadocia. He was known to be accomplished in statesmanship.
Patrick was a humble, pious gentle man, with love and total devotion to and trust in God. He is associated with the Shamrock, which he used to teach about the Holy Trinity.
He is known for this Prayer:
"Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all who love me, Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger."
Patron Saint for barbers, engineers, excluded people, and also, probably most famously, those who fear snakes. Which probably means a great majority of our global brothers and sisters!
St John the Baptist
Little is known about Matthew, except that he was the son of Alpheus, and he was likely born in Galilee. He worked as a tax collector. Many years following the death of Christ, around 50 AD, Matthew wrote his gospel account. His book is the first of four gospels found in the New Testament. He wrote the book in Aramaic in the hope that his account would convince his fellow people that Jesus was the Messiah and that the Spiritual Kingdom had been fulfilled. It was an important message at a time when almost everyone was expecting the return of a militant messiah brandishing a vengeful sword.
He is known as the patron saint for bookkeepers, accountants, writers, and mathematicians among others.