The Iconography Committee's Project for our Church Beautification continued in March of 2023. So far, the Sanctuary, Iconostasion and Great Dome as well as the semi-domes under the Great Dome were totally donated by our parishioners. The next stage, (Stage 4A) was the latest to be completed in March 2023 and consists of the following scenes:
Top Arch on the left of the Sanctuary: The scenes from the first Ecumenical Synod.
Bottom Left Scenes: Scenes of St. Helen finding the Cross and the Exaltation of the Cross.
Top Right Arch: Scenes from the Pentecost.
Bottom Right: Scenes of St. Nicholas' miracles.
The icons of the 1st Ecumenical Synod, the St. Helen scenes and the miracles of St. Nicholas are donated in full. The Pentecost is still available for donation.
We welcome all our parishioners and all that are able to donate to be as generous as they can and donate towards the available icons so that the program may be completed.
The next stage will include, most probably, scenes from Prophet Elias Ascension to the Heavens, the Dream of Jacob, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Jesus blessing the children, the Miracle of the 5 Loaves of Bread, Jesus expelling the merchants from the Temple and Jesus with the Samaritan Woman.
I would like to thank all the members of the committee for all their efforts, services, monetary contributions and contributions in kind and encourage them to continue their service as vigorously and faithfully as always for the completion of our work.
On behalf of the Iconography Committee, I would also like to thank Tom and Kate Loucopolos for the donation of their apartment as a living quarters for the team of iconographers.
Special and Sincere thanks to our Priest, Rev. George Khitiri for all the guidance, advise, religious insight and prayers. Without him probably it would have been almost impossible to see our project completed successfully.
For your convenience the Donation Form is located below this message.
On behalf of the Iconography Committee,
Dr. Athos Anastasiades, MD (Chairman) Committee Members: George Kostantakis, Bill Dagiantis, Tina Anastasiades
The Great Dome - Includes Pantocrator, Four Angels and Twenty Prophets
Donated by Helen Sumas and family and Robert Sumas and Family
In memory of James Sumas
Donated by Dr. Mark & Roselyn Adams
In memory of Father Seraphim Poulos
Nativity of the Jesus Christ
Donated by Kate and George Pappas
Entrance to the Temple-Ipapanti
Donated Nick Vlahos & Kostas Vanikiotis
Multiple small donations made by our parishioners
Entrance into Jerusalem
Donated by James and Jane Manias and family.
Donated by John & Helen Maletos & family
Donated by Ted Georgousis and family
Ascension - Located above Sanctuary
Donated by Antigone Lukowiak and James Demetropoulos
Dormition of the Theotokos - Kimisis tis Theotokou
Donated by Antigone Lukowiak and James Demetropoulos
Multiple small donations made by our parishioners.
Donated by Dr. James Gardner
Donated by Dr. Efthymios Daniskas and family
Donated by Pantelis and Sofia Athanasiou
Donated by Xenia and Paula Andreou
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John the Theologian
About the Iconographer
By the Grace of God we have completed 25 years of study on the Holy Art of Iconography.
Maria Sigala-Spanopoulos was born in Athens in 1955. She attended interior decoration courses, Architectural Plan and free hand sketch for four years. Since 1973 she's engaged in iconography, and has painted churches in Greece, in Detroit Michigan, in Santa Fe New Mexico, and elsewhere. Much of her work is held in private collections. She's a member of the Chamber of Arts of Greece and the Panhellenic Union of Iconography Painters.
Nikolas Spanopoulos was born in Athens in 1955. He has been engaged in Iconography since 1975 and specializes in traditional water gilding, portable icons, icon screens (templa), icon stands (proskynetaria), Bishop's thrones, decorative surfaces and portable woodcut items of worship. Much of his work is held in Private Collections. He's a member of the Panellenic Union of Iconography Painters.
As a result of our team effort there is uniformity in the work we do.
The paints we use are made of pigments that come from natural rocks dissolved by egg (egg tempera). This is the traditional technique that the first iconographers used since the dawn of their Art, resulting in the unique and enduring quality of their work.
Most of our technique is drawn from the Palaeologan Renaissance. There is a distinct harmony between the drawing, color, composition, expression, the human figures and the natural or architectural environment. The period of the Palaeologan Renaissance started after the Regaining of Constantinople in 1260. This is the last phase of a sudden renewal of the art of the two preceding centuries.
Our studio has exhibited its work in five Clergy Laity Symposiums of the Holy Archdiocese of America specifically in Washington , New Orleans, Chicago, New York, and Orlando
The sacred art of Iconography is also known as "visual Theology" because it can be read and understood by all believers, including the illiterate. It is both narrative and instructive and addresses not only our vision, but also our emotions and experiences. The icon stands as a work of artbut more so as an object of respect and veneration in the Orthodox Church. The manifestation of the deeper meaning represented by the holy icon requires from its observer an inner enlightenment . The holy icon provides this enlightenment and allows us to penetrate its hidden meaning. According to Divine Province, each icon we paint should be unique. We are aware of the fact that numerous believers will direct their prayers and fears to them and they will be objects of piety and veneration; for holy icons "though constructed of material, are filled with Divine
MARIA SIGALAS - SPANOPOULOS
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