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February News

25 Feb

So many good experiences on the road of our Icon Journey and accept our apologies for not sharing much sooner.  Our Icon Guild Meeting is coming up on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD.  Visit the website of St. Anthony( if you need directions–all visitors are […]

Happy New Year!

06 Jan

Many changes to come in this brand new year!  We are revamping our website to accomodate our growth; you may have noticed a few links have temporarily disappeared but they will return in a different format.  Our statistics for 2015: we experienced 12,943 unique visitors and in the first few days of January, 2016 we’ve had 87 […]

August, 2015 Guild Meeting

11 Sep

Our August Icon Guild Meeting brought several special guests; one being Pope Francis who so kindly allowed his photo to be taken with Zhi and two new students — Rebecca  and her cousin, Craig.  It was a quiet morning (we start at 10:00am now) as most were on vacation but we worked diligently introducing Rebecca […]

Deb Korluka

11 Sep

  During our visit to the Icon Conference held at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts, we had the opportunity to meet iconographer, Debra Korluka.  We saw her standing across the street while we were waiting to cross over the road and we knew in our hearts that she too, was traveling the […]

Friar Fest

28 Aug

Friar Fest Saturday, August 29, 2015 Vigil Mass at 5:00pm Concert from 6:00–8:30pm featuring Marie Miller, L’Angelus and Erik Christensen Held at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City, MD. The cost is $10.00 per person and pizza is for sale.  Bring chairs and a blanket for the show as […]

2015 Lenten Retreat

27 Aug

“Praying With Icons, Spiritual Food for Our Lenten Journey” by Fr. Igumen Mefodii Saturday, November 21, 2015  9:30am til 4pm St. Herman’s of Alaska Orthodox Church ( 60 Clifton Chapel Lane  Stafford, Virginia  22555 Cost is $25.00 and includes lunch For more information, please contact Maria Connerly at We will have registrations forms at […]

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 […]

Kaleidoscope of Love

07 May

“… we are called to celebrate the lives of those who may not look like us or act like us.  Learn to see each person, regardless of his or her challenges, as a human being specially created by God.” ~ Joyful Witness After reading a morning meditation excerpted above, I received a lovely kaleidoscopic video […]

International Conference of Iconographic Studies

01 May

The Museum of Russian Icons is hosting the Ninth International Conference of Iconographic Studies “Icons and Iconology”–June 11 through June 13, 2015.  “The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the ways we can perceive and interpret icons, iconography and iconology …” […]

Fr. Julio Martinez

28 Feb

A Franciscan priest hailing from Cuba, Fr. Martinez was captivated writing his first icon with Vladislav.  We’re hoping he will be able to attend more guild meetings now that we are meeting in the conference room right below his apartment at the Shrine of St. Anthony! A gifted and talented artist in his own right, […]

Connie Groves

28 Feb

A registered nurse from West Virginia, Connie is a devoted student of iconography.  A gentle and warm woman, she is a blessing to have in our lives.  More to come about Connie, stay tuned!

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 […]

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 […]