When Br. Robert was asked to create an icon of Christ as an African American in 1983, he at first refused because of his Orthodox training. The insistence of the man who asked him, however, led him to a prayerful wrestling with Gospel accounts of Christ’s resurrection, other texts from the New Testament, and examples from lives of the saints. Only when he felt he had found sufficient theological justification for the icon did he paint it. Many Christians of African descent have embraced the icon in the past 35 years, because they have found in it a reflection of their own experience of Christ.

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