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January Guild Meeting News

03 Feb

Gathering together for Prayer through Pigments, we enjoyed the delightful attendance of Amy with her sons Anthony and Alexander, Cathy, Carl, Julie, Kristin, Mariann, Mary Jo, Susan, Trish and Wayne.  Five hours certainly flew by quickly as we worked on our icons after Wayne’s lovely presentation of the Festival of Lights/Theophany Icon and the Four […]

Looking Forward

02 Feb

We have many new changes to look forward to this year — we have outgrown our current space for icon guild meetings!!  Our new guild home is: The Shrine of St. Anthony  —  12290 Folly Quarter Road  —  Ellicott City, MD  21043 Our meetings times have changed to 1:00pm to 6:00pm — Daily […]

Gallus domesticus

09 Jan

Gallus domesticus Containing all eight essential amino acids in one tough oval package, the egg stands as one of God’s most perfect creations.  The United States produces about 75 billion eggs yearly so we are assured of never running out of this precious ingredient for writing our icons!  Using only the yolk for preparation of […]

2015 Continued

08 Jan

Please forgive me while I continue to learn this formatting process with our site!  To continue on with news from our icon friends; JoAnne Laymon of the St. Theodosia Guild in Stafford, Va. is working with students to create their own color charts for their icons.  One of the most basic starts for iconographers is […]


08 Jan

Happiest of the New Year to All! 2015 presents quite a bit of activity for iconographers; Christine Janke of the St. Luke Icon Guild in Williamsburg reports that two of their members–Don (pictured on the left) received a commission to write eight icons for a church in Wales and Kimi (pictured third) received a commission to write […]

Saint Nicholas

06 Dec

  Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.  Known for his generosity to the poor and others in need, the celebration of his life in early Advent brings us closer to the celebration of the birth of Christ.  Many of his good deeds were done in secret, expecting nothing in return. […]

Season’s Blessings!

01 Dec

The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ.  The celebration begins with inviting Christ into your hearts as we prepare for the celebration of His birth.  Yesterday we lit our first Advent candle in Mass then came home to light ours centered on the kitchen […]

Thanksgiving Day

27 Nov

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side.  At some point in the travels, our parents will arrive at their destination and step from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.  As time goes by, other people will board the train and they […]

The Meaning of Color in Icons

19 Nov

We’ve had many discussions with regard to the colors used in icons.  I went on a search for a definitive answers that were simple, here is what I found: White symbolizes Purity, virginity, innocence and virtue.  White also symbolizes holiness, and is the Christian color for all high Holy Days of the Church Year, especially […]

Stafford, Virginia Guild News

19 Nov

This is a message from Matushka JoAnne Laymon: The Iconography Guild of St. Theodosia meets monthly to practice the Russian-Byzantine techniques taught by the Prosopon School of Iconology.  Our mentor and teacher is Fr. Igumen Mefodii, master iconographer of the school and hieromonk at the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor in Palmyra, Virginia.  He […]

The Ladder of Icon Writing

18 Nov

Twenty Two Steps of Contemplation During our icon workshops, we give each student a copy of the Twenty Two Steps of Contemplation; as you begin your icon, this is what each step represents and we meditate on each step as we write our icon in prayer: 1.  The Board = The Tree of Life–A Return to […]

November 1 All Souls Day

01 Nov

As we begin this new month, I’m remembering the people who have passed from this Earth as most Christians celebrate All Souls Day or All Saints Day.  Last night as I viewed the moon from our front porch, my granddaughter Hannah came outside and asked “What are you doing, GraMick?”  I told her I was wishing […]


29 Oct

We’d like to thank all of you who were in attendance at the October, 2014 workshop! Master Iconographer, Vladislav Andrejev for traveling from Whitney Point, NY to teach us Yevgeniy Vaskevich for leaving his family for the week to film and assist us Lynette Hull for driving in the pouring rain from Princeton, NJ Fr. […]

Riana Richards

29 Sep

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Riana Richards, granddaughter of Jo Richards is nine years old and has been writing icons since she was six years old.  She is a remarkable girl with focus and devotion to her […]

Guild Meeting News

29 Sep

We sincerely appreciate all who drive near and far to come together to pray and work on icons!  Since our first meeting several months ago, we have met many lovely people who all share the same desire–more prayer!  More creativity! More education!  More workshops! Our invitation to have the Stafford and Williamsburg Icon Guilds join […]

Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

29 Sep

Angels–Messengers from God–appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named.  Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces: Raphael guides. Michael appears in Daniel’s vision as “the Great Prince” who defends Israel against enemies; in the Book of Revelation, he leads God’s armies to final […]

Prayers through Pigment

29 Aug

As we continue our spiritual journey, we’d like to invite new members to our guild. Our next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, August 30th from 12 noon until 5:00 pm. If you know of anyone who is interested in attending, please contact me. This world we live in is in desparate need of contemplative prayer; as […]

Henri’s Perspective

07 Aug

“Gazing is probably the best word to touch the core of Eastern spirituality.  Whereas St. Benedict, who has set the tone for the spirituality of the West, calls us first of all to listen, the Byzantine fathers focus on gazing. This is especially evident in the liturgical life of the Eastern church.  The words in […]

Sharing Discoveries

06 Aug

For those who know me,  I am ever curious and inquisitive–always searching for interesting things to learn about!  This morning I discovered an interesting workshop–carving an icon from wood or stone.  Enchanting!  Though the deadline is coming up for registrations and the class size is limited to ten individuals–here is the link for you to […]

Crafting Your Icon Board

29 Jul

During our last guild meeting we discussed the possibility of crafting our own icon boards.  Understanding the process is time consuming and rather smelly, we embraced the idea as many of us who love the creative process felt the desire to start at the very beginning of making the icon, creating the board. Lindenwood, poplar […]