Description of the Icon
This icon of St. Jude was painted by Vladimir Ters for the Church of St. Jude, Lakewood, Colorado.
The colors are of ancient use: the orange is taken from the earth and is very common in icon work; the green from the plants of the earth and an obvious symbol of hope. The grass on which St. Jude walks is clear because weeds do not grow where the saints walk; the brush strokes behind represent flowers.
St. Jude is leaning forward extending his hand, a gesture that points toward our common vocation to follow the Lord; his outstretched hand also represents the hope he offers for the discouraged and downtrodden. His shoulders are stooped because he carries the needs of so many.
He carries a shepherd’s staff (not the club usually seen) because the artist wanted to emphasize his role as one of the twelve apostles. His eyes are full of compassion and, like so many other icons, look beyond us, leading us to the eternal union with the Trinity.