The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows 15 September 2016 saw the Consecration of Our Lady and St Michael, Garston, Hertfordshire, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.
To mark the occasion, Fr. David Barrow, parish priest, commissioned Mike Quirke to paint an icon of the patron St Michael the Archangel. .
The icon was made using traditional processes and materials including gesso on limewood panel, 24 carat gold, and egg tempera. It was produced over a period of 5 months from May to September 2016.
The icon was installed in the week leading up to the consecration. Even at this point the icon is not yet completely finished as the varnishing process is delayed until the tempera paint is cured after a period of 6 months to a year.
On the evening of the consecration the assembly comprised a good mixture of parishioners, clergy and visitors. At the end of the celebration just before the final blessing the Cardinal blessed the icon.