Save the icons at The Church of Our Saviour!

Petition to: Timothy Cardinal Dolan

 

Save the icons at The Church of Our Saviour!

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Save the icons at The Church of Our Saviour!

A world-class collection of religious icons at New York City's Church of Our Saviour are at risk of removal and sale only a few years after their completion... We cannot allow this to happen!

This exquisite work of art is being dismantled by the newly appointed pastor of the parish, Father Robert Robbins, who desires to "restore" the church to how it looked when it was built in the 1950s. While this may be a worthy idea, these icons form a stunning masterpiece of sacred art, the greatest work of contemporary sacred art in New York City, and perhaps in the USA.

Its centerpiece is the 28-foot-high Christ Pantocrator, a masterpiece of Jesus gazing serenely out towards the congregation, inspiring prayer and contemplation among countless visitors each day. The work was funded by the contributions of ordinary parishioners and friends of the parish at a cost of roughly $100,000.

It would be a tragedy to allow this great collection to be put into storage to gather dust in unseen oblivion. Send our letter to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, asking him to intervene in this matter!

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Save the icons at The Church of Our Saviour!

Your Eminence,

I am deeply concerned about the potential removal of contemporary sacred art at The Church of Our Saviour in New York City. Parishioners, patrons, artists and friends of the parish all recognize the importance of this great work to the local community in New York City, but also to the patrimony of the Church.

Allowing the icons to disappear or to be sold off on the whim of a newly appointed pastor would be a grave scandal.

This collection of 31 icons is truly a world-class work, completely unique in North America. They must be saved! These icons are part of the fabric not only of The Church of Our Saviour, but of the great city of New York.

We ask respectfully that the icons which have been removed be restored to their original positions, and henceforward given the care and respect which is their due. Please hear the cries of your people, and of the many faithful who have been inspired in the presence of this work to conversion, or to accepting the call to religious life.

cc: Fr. Robert J. Robbins

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Save the icons at The Church of Our Saviour!

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