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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]