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What is missing from Aronofsky’s Noah

April 7, 2014
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What is missing from Aronofsky’s Noah

In many of my past articles I have explored the symbolism of death and how it is related in the Bible and by our Tradition to the arts and technology, to hybridity and the foreigner, the serpent, to the cave, to Cain, to animality and to periphery in general.  Aranofsky’s recent Noah movie deals intently with many of these same images, and in seeing the often confused and bewildered reactions it has garnished, I am only...

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Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.3): Ecology

April 2, 2014
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Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.3): Ecology

We turn now to our second subject of ecology, looking in particular at icons of Pentecost and Transfiguration. When I was learning to drive, one of the first things I was told was to keep my eyes on the road because the car would follow my gaze. It is the same with any civilisation: its actions will follow its ideas, its dominant ideology. The word idea comes from the Greek idein, meaning to see....

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Lost Russian Passion Week Cycle , Opus 13, by Maximilian Steinberg to debut 90 years after composition

March 24, 2014
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Lost Russian Passion Week Cycle , Opus 13, by Maximilian Steinberg to debut 90 years after composition

Living in a University town offers many benefits.  One of the most delightful is meeting Orthodox scholars from all over the world.  It was my pleasure to meet Alexander Lingas, the author of the following article.    Knowing of Father Dan Skvir’s love of music, his discovery of a long forgotten piece of music and its subsequent performance is a tribute to Fr. Dan and Matuska Tamara’s continued faithfulness to the Orthodox community both...

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Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.2): Icons and Modern Art

March 21, 2014
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Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.2): Icons and Modern Art

The transfiguration icon and modern art Christ takes with him His disciples Peter, James and John up a mountain, traditionally taken to be Mount Tabor. The Gospels then tell us that Christ’s face and garments shine with light, brighter than the sun. Moses and Elijah also appear before the disciples, talking with Jesus about His departure. Peter says it’s great to be here, and asks if they can set up some tents and hang...

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Some New Musical Repertoire in Honor of the Mother of God

March 18, 2014
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Some New Musical Repertoire in Honor of the Mother of God

One of the rewards of working with a group of professional-level singers such as Archangel Voices (www.archangelvoices.com) is the opportunity to explore and record, often for the very first time, some newly composed or newly arranged Orthodox sacred choral repertoire. Even more rewarding is to hear on occasion that our efforts have met with approbation among our colleagues, and that pieces we introduced on past CDs have been accepted into the repertoire of a...

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American Orthodox Church Furniture

March 17, 2014
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American Orthodox Church Furniture

Founder of the Orthodox Arts Journal, church architect and craftsman Andrew Gould wrote the following concerning furniture in the Orthodox Church: The presence of furniture reveals the welcoming and comfortable aspect of the Kingdom of God. All is not judgment and fear in church. We are called to attend church as though we are coming home. It is so easy for a church (especially a Neoclassical one) to seem to visitors like a museum...

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PaTRAM Master Class held in Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary during Cheese-Fare Week

March 12, 2014
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PaTRAM Master Class held in Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary during Cheese-Fare Week

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest submission from Deacon Ephraim Willmarth of Holy Trinity Seminary. ____________________________________________ From Monday, February 24 to Thursday, February 28, a group of church singers and directors gathered in Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary to rehearse and study with Maestro Vladimir Gorbik, choirmaster of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Dependency in Moscow.  This was an official event of the newly-formed Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM), which is dedicated...

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Update on the Dome Frescoes at Santa Rosa, CA

March 11, 2014
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Update on the Dome Frescoes at Santa Rosa, CA

Iconographer Fr. Patrick Doolan and his assistant, Father Moses, continue their extraordinary fresco work at St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, CA (OCA). They have recently completed the angel range of the dome. (The first phase – the Pantocrator – was described in this article from last fall.) These photos show their work over the past five weeks.

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Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.1): Insight into Contemporary Issues

March 5, 2014
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Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.1): Insight into Contemporary Issues

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a talk given by Aidan in Texas last December (1). Images are taken directly from his presentation. We are made to be gods by grace, sons and daughters of the Living God. If we only saw what majesty and dignity is bestowed upon each of us here tonight we would bow down in reverence to one another. We are created for Paradise, and we long to...

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Adapting a Painted Icon to Carving

March 3, 2014
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One of the exciting aspects of the renewal in icon carving we have seen in the last few decades is how this renewal is in a constant dialogue with painted icons.  One of the visible goals, one of my own goals, is a search to infuse into the carved image some of the visual aspects of great painted icons.  How to render clothing, hands, noses, eyes, mouths in a way that evokes the balanced...

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