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Mary the Guide

All icons of Mary the Theotokos (the “Birth-giver to God”) are a profound statement about humanity’s relationship with God. Mary, a teenage girl embodies the beauty of faith—saying yes to the angel’s promised miracle despite its unfathomable reality nine months earlier. Christ Emmanuel, the baby boy, is truly God with us. In this icon we … Read more

Making an Icon: Panel

In this video, the work of making a traditional wooden panel here in the studio reveals details about the nature of wood and its part in creating a durable, long-lasting icon. Watch previous video from the series:Making an Icon: Wood

Making an Icon: Wood

In this video, a closer look at the wood used to make an icon reveals details about the role a tree plays in creating an icon and the work done to find and prepare it. Watch next video from the series:Making an Icon: Panel

Regina Icon Painting Workshop

Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th, 2019. Location St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church3337 15th AvenueRegina, SK S4T 1T3 Contact Information Phone: 306-522-6052E-mail: stmarysanglican@sasktel.netWeb: www.stmarysregina.ca Fees: $350 $350 for teaching and supplies. Lunch provided. Description In this workshop, twelve participants will work together over a week to make an Orthodox icon using traditional methods … Read more

Naming of Saints in English

This is an issue very near to my heart. In 2005 our second son was born. He lived for thirty-eight days before entering the glory of his Father. His name was Anthony. In that too-short time with us, we were informed by some well-meaning members of our community that we had gotten his name wrong, … Read more

The Title “Saint”

Introduction Today, it is taken for granted that the title, “saint,” must prefix any saint’s name. Failure to do so seems highly disrespectful. This is our culture, and must be respected. But it must also be examined. We cannot simply change the practice here and now because it was different in another time and place. … Read more

The Blessing of Iconographic Style

Introduction When it comes to Orthodox iconographers, the question of style is a difficult one. Wanting to affirm the living tradition of iconography, we can instead be circumscribed by a dead traditionalism. This struggle involves every member of the Church. The faithful who commission icons are often attached to certain historic versions of an icon. … Read more

Toronto Icon Painting Workshop

Sunday, June 30th to Friday, July 5th, 2019. Arrival: 4pm on Sunday.Completion: 8pm on Friday.Registration deadline: June 24th, 2019. Location St. John’s Convent Guest House 233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, ON M2M 2E8 Contact Information Phone: 416-226-2201, ext. 305 E-mail: foodforthesoul@ssjd.ca Web: www.ssjd.ca Fees: $650 $350 for the teaching and supplies + $300 for overnight accommodation … Read more

Making a Traditional Icon Panel

Working with wood to make a panel remains something I love about making traditional orthodox icons. Maybe it’s the smell of the cut wood, which always takes me back to my Grandfather’s woodshop where we built things together when I was a child. Or, maybe it’s the fact that there’s always something more to learn … Read more