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Photography All photography is shot by a commercial photographer. The prints are therefore, first generation prints, suitable for framing. This applies to these categories: $4.00 notecards and all larger matted and/or framed photos. They are the truest color matching the original icons. Some less expensive cards and a few of the smaller matted pictures are second generation prints made by a commercial printer's shop.

Matting The photgraphs are all matted by hand. The notecards are assembled individually by hand. Some images have two colors of matting, designated with a (dm) in the code number indicating that they are double matted.

Frames Metal frames are heavy metal of high quality. Each image is matted and framed by hand. Wood frames are of single grain, solid wood.

Plaques The plaques are laminated over high quality photographs in a slightly matte finish.

St. Joseph the Betrothed
This title used in the East shows him as the attentive father to the Infant Christ, the one who provided, cared for and sheltered both Christ and his mother. His three-quarter pose emphasizes his intercessory role for us, in the language of icons. The Child, shown with the typical thin limbs, draws attention to his vulnerability and fragility, as icons would show them. Yet there is an intimacy present, inviting our dependency upon this patron of the Universal Church. St. Joseph's is a gentle strength. One of the symbols seen so clearly in this icon is the brightness at each of the joints of St. Joseph's body, elbows, shoulders, fingers and hand joints. Icons are a statement not about those who are dead, but very much alive, interfaced with God, even as we gaze at them. The joints in a personís body are the points of action in an alive person, hence their brightness in icons.

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