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New Iconography

Plans are underway for the addition of wall iconography in our church nave in celebration of our upcoming (2013) 20th Anniversary. Father Gregory and the Parish Council have invited Seraphim O'Keefe, an iconographer and friend of the parish who studied iconography under several masters (in the US, Russia, and Republic of Georgia), to paint the new wall iconography. An example of his work is the portable icon of St Boniface in the back of our church nave. Seraphim, his wife Ilaria, and their 9 month old son, Herman, will be living in Katherine's apartment at the "Annex" while Katherine attends Holy Cross Seminary. They'll move here, God willing, at the end of June, and Katherine will stay with the Orens until she leaves for school.

Our plan is to have groups of 5 standing Saints on each of the walls between the windows in the nave, grouped according to categories, for example: prophets, evangelists, healers, martyrs, etc. Additionally, we have plans for the wall where the "sandbox" is to have a large wall icon of the Mother of God with all the Saints of North America gathered around her. When these are completed, we hope next to have the Mystical Supper on the three back wall panels of the Sanctuary. Other wall iconography will follow (scenes from Christ's life, Great Feasts?), mostly depending on our financial resources.

Costs will be covered by donations (memorial, thanksgiving, etc). Currently, we have enough in the "Special Gifts - Icons" Fund to get us started. However, we will be looking for folks to "sponsor" the groupings of Saints through their donations. There will be an information event on all of this to be held soon. Keep you eye out for the date and time. This is a very exciting venture and we ask for your prayers for Seraphim and his family and for this project.

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