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True Devotion to Christ

Christ: My child, some people have Me on their lips, but not in their hearts.  Some express their devotion to Me with prayer books; some with holy pictures; and some with holy images or external signs.  Now all of these things are good, but they are no proof of true devotion to Me.  They are […]

Matthew 18:20

Several years ago, one of the Friars planted two or three lotus in the pond and look how they’ve grown–lotus spread their roots deep, about four to five feet in the mud where they are nourished by all of the rich nutrients found in the still coolness of their pond.  These beautiful flowers at the […]

Be Still …

Interior Peace.  Interior Calm.  Interior Serenity.    Saint Theresa of Avila calls it “The Interior Castle”, Thich Nhat Hanh states “Silence is essential.”  St. Gregory Palamas mentions “… the grace of the Spirit takes possession of the quiet soul …” and Catherine Doherty simply calls it Poustinia.  The search for God–“Be Still and Know That […]


Pushing up through the snow warming their faces in the sun, the little hyacinths begin their dance of Spring.  Such a blessing to be able to watch flowers unfurl their tiny petals loaded with color and fragrance;  I’m thankful each day for the gifts of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste, especially sight … it […]

Winter Gifts and Blessings

On cold winter days there is nothing better than to gather in prayer and paint our way through the snowy day!  Snuggled together in the warmth of our friendships, we are loving the new format for our guild meetings–2 and 3 day practices several times each month provides us with spiritual nourishment and an increased […]

St. Nicholas is Coming!

  Student Exhibition and More! Join us at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9th from 11:00 am til 7:00 pm.  We will enjoy two day of Prayer and Practice and will be exhibiting students icons in the Kolbe Room and using the halls to exhibit […]

Fall Updates

Such a beautiful Fall and we are back from our working vacations;  Tatiana returned from a wonderful workshop with Vladislav in Kiev and Mick has returned from a wonderful visit with her two favorite icons–Mom and Dad!  We held our guild meeting on Sunday, October 28, from 12 Noon until 6/7 pm and continued working […]

August, 2018

Summer is nearly over but we’ve been so busy with classes, icon retreats and meetings that we’ve not made the time to post on our site.  Our next meeting is August 26, 2018 and a few of us will begin the icon of St. Nicholas–another date for September 2, 2018 is scheduled to continue St. […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers

The annual Prosopon School of Iconology workshop with Vladislav Andrejev was held this past April 23–28 and we were blessed with such good weather we almost moved outdoors!  So many good experiences writing the icon of Archangel Michael Archistrategos with intermediate and advanced students as the new students focused prayerfully on their Archangel Michael.  We […]

Archangel Michael and the Apocalypse Icon

We are presented with a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding  and appreciation of Archangel Michael by writing the icon of Archangel Michael on his Red Horse for our upcoming Prosopon School of Iconology 6 day Icon Workshop with Master Iconographer and Founder of the school, Vladislav Andreyev.  Tatiana Gubenko will be assisting to Vladislav. […]

Glorious 2018!

Such a beautiful and special time of year–the celebration of the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We were pleased to honor this season with our last icon practice of 2017–Saturday, December 30th, 2017.  Though many were busy with holiday preparations, we made time to finishing an icon (or two, or three…) is […]

Words Create Community

“The word is always a word for others.  Words need to be heard.  When we give words to what we are living, these words need to be received and responded to.  A speaker needs a listener.  A writer needs a reader.  When the flesh – the lived human experience – becomes word, community can develop. […]

Prayers and Practice

Yes, we are still here!  I know its been awhile since our last note but we’ve been very busy working and planning events for you to enjoy!  Many of us gather together to paint during the week and some Sundays.  If you’d like to join us, please contact Mick on 410-303-2392 and we can let […]

Opportunities to Learn

We are deeply grateful for the opportunities to continue learning the technical and theological aspects of the writing of the icon. This past April 24–29, 2017 we experienced again, the luxury of uninterrupted prayer and practice taught by Master Iconographers Vladislav Andrejev and his son, Dmitri Andreyev. We learned the historical significance of Moses and […]

East and West Celebrate

Ukrainian Easter eggs are known in the Ukrainian language as psanky.  Psanka comes from the Ukrainian word pysaty, which means “to write.”  The Ukrainian people have been decorating eggs for thousands of years and when Christianity came to the Ukraine in 988AD, (pagan) springtime festivities became Easter celebrations symbolizing the Resurrection and a promise of […]

Snail’s Pace

Fostering a daily practice of spiritual calm where God is at the center of each day during this time of self reflection, forgiveness and reconciliation, can bring another aspect into your practice of icon writing (for me anyway) — slowing down.  One of the best books I have encountered is titled “The Sound of a […]

Forty Days

The next forty days can define a change of character.  Fasting and prayer are important aspects of the Lenten Season but also deeply examining who we are as people –as Christians– gives us the opportunity to reflect how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us as followers of Christ. As a child, my family […]