Browsing: iconography

Source: Hometown Life (USA Today Network) Susan Bromley Thousands of miles and hundreds of years separate St. Mary’s Basilica in Livonia from many of the most revered cathedrals in the world. On a recent Wednesday Vlasios Tsotsonis worked to bridge a continental divide as he brought the divine to the Wayne County church. Perched high on scaffolding in the northern cove of the basilica’s sanctuary, in paint-splattered pants, Tsotsonis writ large the scene of the Passion of Christ. He is nearing completion of a years-long masterpiece of which his canvas covers hundreds of feet of walls and ceilings with Biblical iconography in St.…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Hieromonk Irenei (Pikovsky) In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the Church tradition, the first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Sunday of Orthodoxy Even now a special moleben is often celebrated on this day in parish churches—just as it was centuries ago. Singing “Memory eternal”, priests pray for the repose of all those who labored to establish the Orthodox Faith with their words, works, suffering and virtuous life: Orthodox hierarchs, righteous monarchs, warriors who laid down their life for the faith and the motherland, and…

Source: The Times Tribune By Peter Cameron Standing in his empty 90-year-old church, the Rev. Father Konstantine Eleftherakis pulls a Verizon smartphone from his faded black cassock. With half the walls at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Scranton covered with fresh and colorful icons, and the other half exhibiting older, smaller and faded ones, the priest projects an apt symbol of the building, which has become a mixture of old and new. Last fall, two brothers from the city of Thessaloniki in Greece came to the church and revitalized the interior with vibrant portraits of Jesus and Mary, saints…