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Nicholas Tsai Icon of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day Icon

A painting by Nicholas Brian Tsai. The original hangs in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lake Shore Ave., Oakland, CA 94610; tel 510-451-1790. The painter is a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco.

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.

He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Psalm 113:7-9

Commentary by Jim Forest

He [Tsai] hasn't given Dorothy a halo because that's for the Church to do rather than the iconographer, but he has placed her head slightly within a halo-shaped icon of the Holy Trinity.

This is something I have never seen before but it seems apt. It makes me think of the remark Dorothy made (it may have been to Robert Coles): "If I have accomplished anything in my life, it is because I wasn't embarrassed to talk about God."

The Holy Trinity is also the primary community, in which all community, all communication, all communion, is rooted. For Dorothy, her life was those three C's.

The inspiration behind the original of the Holy Trinity icon, the work of St. Andrei Rublev in the 15th century, was the teaching of Rublev's spiritual father, St. Sergius of Radonezh: "The contemplation of the Holy Trinity destroys all discord."

Jim Forest is the author of Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day and Praying With Icons. Both are available from Orbis Books, 1-800-258-5838.

Prayers for the Canonization of Dorothy Day

Prayer For The Canonization
of Servant of God
Dorothy Day

Merciful God, you called your servant
Dorothy Day to show us the face of
Jesus in the poor and forsaken.
By constant practice
of the works of mercy,
she embraced poverty and witnessed
steadfastly to justice and peace.
Count her among your saints
and lead us all to become friends of
the poor ones of the earth,
and to recognize you in them.
We ask this through your Son
Jesus Christ, bringer of good news
to the poor. Amen

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Dorothy Day Guild Prayer

Prayer for the Intercession of Servant of God Dorothy Day.

God our Creator,
Your servant Dorothy Day exemplified the
Catholic faith by her conversion,
life of prayer and voluntary poverty,
works of mercy, and
witness to the justice and peace
of the Gospel.
May her life
inspire people
to turn to Christ as their savior and guide,
to see his face in the world’s poor and
to raise their voices for the justice
of God’s kingdom
We pray that you grant the favors we ask
through her intercession so that her goodness
and holiness may be more widely recognized
and one day the Church may
proclaim her Saint.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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