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Words Create Community

06 Sep

“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

13 Jun

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

15 May

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

06 Apr

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

14 Mar

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

01 Mar

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 […]

February Prayer & Practice

27 Feb

Wayne Hajos delivered his lecture on the various considerations prior to beginning the icon; who is the icon for? Why Saints names are never abbreviated?  Why size, kerning and weight matter but most importantly–without the lettering to identify the Saint the icon is just an image, while naming the icon enables one to venerate the […]

Lettering Class with Wayne Hajos

20 Feb

Iconographer Wayne Hajos presents a lettering lecture and practice class Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:00am til 1:00 in the Kolbe Room located inside the Shrine of St. Anthony 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City, MD Learn how to space, stack and tuck lettering within the icon.  Wayne will lecture on the different font styles […]

Love One Another

14 Feb

You have blessed us, Lord, with gifts of friendship, peace, serenity and love as we work together to praise you.  On this St. Valentine Day, we pray all readers to love one another as the Lord loves us. On Sunday, February 12–we gathered to finish work to begin anew. Iconography is a constant process, transforming […]

First Day of Winter

21 Dec

Winter is officially here!  As we move closer to the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord, let us be mindful of those in our midst who are less fortunate than ourselves.  Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus as a model for how we should treat each other, as if our […]

Immersed in the Words of Luke

29 Nov

” … although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” Luke 10:21 In Scripture we are asked to approach life in a childlike manner–the announcement made over the loudspeaker that the “icon ornament room” was open brought a tidal wave of children into the […]

Warm your Heart …

22 Nov

… by warming another. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15 Thanksgiving is two days away and many of us are preparing to celebrate with family and friends.  There are many people in great need of assistance and […]

Humble Practice

03 Nov

“What is true humility and why should we make it a characteristic mark of our life and action?  True humility is not feeling bad about yourself, or having a low opinion of yourself, of thinking of yourself as inferior to others.  True humility frees us from preoccupation with ourselves, whereas a low self-opinion tends to […]

A Blessed Experience

26 Oct

October 17 began with prayer for another wonderful icon workshop with our beloved Master Iconographers, Vladislav Andrejev and Dmitri Andreyev. Good trees bear good fruit!   Pictures are worth a thousand words so I won’t bore you with a lengthy description of the activities throughout our amazing week but suffice it to say, many prayers […]

Slavic Heritage Festival

04 Oct

The month of October brings many communities together to celebrate Fall with sharing in the bounty of the Lord.  We are excited to attend the Slavic Heritage Festival where you can purchase lovely arts and crafts, enjoy ethnic foods, listen to music and view the fantastic dancers from the Kalinka Russian Dance Company and the […]

A Glorious Gateway to October’s Events

03 Oct

  “Today we see the iconographers!” This is from my four year old grandson, Caleb–affectionately known as “Buglet.”  Caleb loves icons and I wish you could hear him say “Holy Theotokos” with his slight lisp–adorable!  It warms our hearts when small children learn about icons and seem to have an innate knowledge as to what […]