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Icons and Iconology–Museum of Russian Icons

17 Jul

The 9th International Conference of Iconographic Studies “Icons and Iconology” held at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts — took place June 11–13, 2015. Archangel Michael Icon Guild members Tatiana Gubenko and Mick Beasley registered for this conference and we are still on Cloud Nine from our wonderful, amazing and intellectually stimulating conference! […]

Staying the Course

25 Jun

Continuing students of the Prosopon School have asked the question “What is the next icon that I write?”  We want to learn in the progressive order of the school and move along within our abilities after writing our first icon of Archangel Michael.  Here is the reply from Olga Andrejev, Master Coordinator of Prosopon:   […]

Iconographer Wayne Hajos

18 Jun

When registering students for our icon workshops with Vladislav Andrejev, the question asked is … “Have you written icons before?” This question gives us the opportunity to relay the information to Vladislav so he knows what level the student is and to bring the appropriate sketch.  I asked this question of the early morning caller […]

Memorial Day

25 May

Remembered every day, not just today ~ we pray for the souls of the brave men and women who have fallen asleep in the loving arms of Our Creator while serving and protecting our blessed country.  In the midst of daily threats to our peaceful way of life, we continue to place our trust in […]

Mother’s Day

10 May

Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient; love is kind.   Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrightousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes […]

St. Paraskeva

06 Mar

St. Paraskeva, an intercessor Saint for those afflicted with ailments of the eye; St. Paraskeva suffered greatly for Chrisitanity.  Read more about her life as a Virgin Martyr Saint to see what she endured for love of Christ.  GIve us the strength of St. Paraskeva, Lord! The icon of St. Paraskeva was written by Matushka […]

MARCH 2015

01 Mar

OUR MARCH GUILD MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE CLAYGROUND STUDIO AND GALLERY IN ELLICOTT CITY! Here’s why–the process of our prayers through pigment is an ever evolving exploration into the materials we use to create an icon.  Unsuccessfully searching high and low for custom palettes, we’ve decided to make our own.  Space has been […]

The Journey That Was Meant To Be

08 Feb

We are always interested to read how one discovers the beautiful language of contemplative prayer known as Iconography.  The story of Evangeline begins today and we hope to read more of her journey as she continues on her path.  “Vangie” as she is known to friends and family is the woman at the front desk […]

Myrrh Streaming Icon of Iveron

06 Feb

The Holy Theotokos of Iveron, known as “the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Icon” will be at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm and again at 6:30pm Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 9:30am 4001 17th St. Northwest, Washington, D.C., 20011 (202) 726-3000   To learn more about this icon: […]

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 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 […]