Bobik's work, and the efforts of other iconographers, receives extra notice this time of year. In churches that stem from the Byzantine tradition, such as Greek, Ukrainian, Serbian and Russian Orthodox, the first Sunday of Lent celebrates the veneration of icons. For the majority of Christian churches, that celebration occurs today. But most
Orthodox churches following the Byzantine tradition will celebrate the first Sunday of Lent next week. An iconographer such as Bobik is not considered an artist, but rather an instrument through which the grace of God flows to render the image. The iconographer who paints - or, in church language, "writes" - an icon doesn't sign the finished work because it is not considered his, but is instead the work of God.