Two icons were dedicated in the nave on 25th March 1994. You can see them displayed on pillars not far from the grave of the Unknown Warrior.
We introduced them to provide a prominent Christian symbol, reminding visitors of the Abbey’s main function as a working and worshipping Church. They also create a point where visitors can light votive candles (first introduced during the period before the Gulf War in 1990) and say prayers.
The two panels, made of egg tempera and gold on wood by Russian artist, Sergei Federov (born in 1958), represent the Mother of God with the Christ Child and Christ himself. They bear the features of an 11th-century Byzantine style of painting.
The biggest challenge we face is maintaining such a large physical collection of material within a historic building – believe it or not, there’s just not enough space for it all.