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February Prayer & Practice

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

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

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 […]

Praying Together For Peace

The topic chosen for the month is peace.  We mix our pigments and pick up our brushes to pray in this form of silent communication with God and all day, pray for peace.  Peace in our hearts and minds, peace for every inch of this tiny planet and peace for all the inhabitants–people, animals and […]

New Year and Fresh Approaches!

There is much important work to be done; iconography changes your heart, mind and soul as you create this little window to God.  We are blessed to continue this practice of prayer through pigment in a unique way!  Gathering together on the LAST Saturday of each month to celebrate our communion with the Lord, we […]

First Day of Winter

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

” … 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 …

… 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

“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

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 […]

Festivals and More Fun to Come!

October has been a busy month for our guild — meeting and making new friends who are interested in our beloved Prosopon School and wanting to learn to write an icon.  We have found a wonderful crowd of Christians who really had no idea there was a school where they could learn this ancient practice. Starting off […]

Slavic Heritage Festival

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

  “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 […]

Fall Festivities

We all welcome the cooler weather and Fall brings out many festivals to celebrate the season!  Posted below are activities our icon guild will be a part of: Icon Guild Meeting, Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00am til 6:00pm this month we will meet in the home of Tom and Mick — please see email notice […]

Dmitri Andreyev Intensives

” A skill is a practice” — Dmitri Andreyev And practice we did!  We had so much fun gathering together in New Freedom, Pennsylvania with Mary Jo Fero and the members of the St. Francis Icon Guild to learn from Dmitri Andreyev.  Labor Day weekend was the perfect way to end the summer with a […]

Helping the Homeless through Art

Trish Gaffney and husband Ed Jansen operate the Emmaus Center, a homeless shelter in Glen Burnie, MD.  Trish and Ed have been making beautiful wooden carvings of Christian art and all sales of their work are donated to caring for the homeless.  Trish is an active member of our guild and we happily post the […]

From Rocks to Riches

Our icon guild meeting in August featured Part Two of geologist, Wayne Homens discussion of the toxicity of pigments.  Samples were brought in for identification and then grinding the matter into usable pigments.  Safe to say this presentation was a smash hit–no pun intended! Wayne focused on the toxicity of rocks, gems and minerals used […]

Part Two–Wayne Homens Presentation

Geologist, Wayne Homens is visiting our guild for Part Two of  a series in the identification of rocks, gems and minerals and understanding their use in pigments. Bring any samples you have for identification and to determine if they can be used for pigments.  Masks and gloves will be provided  when we crush samples and […]

Feed thy Soul

Upon rising each day, all glory and praise is given to God for blessing us with another day on Earth; to pray, to paint and to love one another unconditionally. This morning’s prayer reflection “Oh my Jesus, with bleary eyes and sluggish stride I shake off the night and begin this day.  I am blessed […]