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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 […]