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Memorial Day

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

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

“… 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 […]

Happy May Day!

As a child we celebrated May 1st with the Crowning of our Blessed Mother, symbolic of the honor we give her as the one chosen by God to bear His Son, our salvation.  We also placed a cone of flowers on our neighbors front doors, pressed the doorbell and ran away. The Maypole dance was […]

International Conference of Iconographic Studies

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

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, […]

January Guild Meeting News

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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 […]