Faith in art

Faith in art
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Friday, June 21, 2013 - 1:29pm

A monk from Maine has taken his talent of wood carving to a Florida church.

(WPTV) A monk from Maine has taken his talent of wood carving to one Port Saint Lucie church.

Looking at the intricate details of the wooden icon screen that Father Menas created, you might think a team of artists with tools and machines created the large, heavy structure.

Instead, Father Menas dedicated two years and three months of his life to building the masterpiece.

Members of the Saint James Orthodox Church worked all day Thursday to piece the icon screen together.

Menas was hand picked by the church to do the work.

"I prayed a lot and drew a lot of sketches of what I thought might work," explained Menas.

Menas also got his first look at the structure in its final position Thursday.

"I'm very relieved already, " Menas said.

"it's a labor of faith and love," said Father Ernesto Rios.

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