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The Ladder of Icon Writing

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

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 […]


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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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 […]

Museum of Russian Icons

During our last guild meeting, we discussed planning a trip to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts in the Spring/Summer of 2015.  The event will be a four day excursion to explore the museum and its artifacts.  St. Benedict Abbey offers rooms (shared or private) at a suggested donation of $40.00 per night. […]

Our Spiritual Journey

Living in today’s world filled with suffering and pain, one asks “what can I do to relieve this madness and perhaps make a difference in a positive way?” The answer comes in the form of contemplative prayer; PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! Where negatives exist in peoples’ lives, our positive message invites them to conversion of heart. […]