Architecture

A Monastic Chapel for Spruce Island, Alaska by Andrew Gould - In a part of America that is rich with historic Orthodox churches, a new one, faithful to the local architectural tradition, is now under construction. In the spring of 2018 I travelled to Spruce Island, where St. Herman of Alaska lived from 1808 until his death in 1837. I had come to design a new ... Continue reading »

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Iconography

Brilliant Darkness: On St. Dionysios the Areopagite’s Blue Halo by Fr. Silouan Justiniano -   ...Timothy, my friend, my advice to you as you look for a sight of the mysterious things, is to leave behind you everything perceived and understood, everything perceptible and understandable, all that is not and all that is, and, with your understanding laid aside, to strive upward as much as you can towards union ... Continue reading »

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Music

Kurt Sander’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: An American Orthodox Musical Milestone by Vladimir Morosan - The appearance of Kurt Sander’s Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, which was released simultaneously on April 26, 2019, in recorded form by Reference Recordings and in print form by Musica Russica, in many ways represents a unique and unprecedented event in the realm of Orthodox liturgical singing in North America. The work was created ... Continue reading »

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Minor Arts

A Constellation of Chandeliers – Some Recent Lighting Projects by Andrew Gould - I have written some articles in the past about large choros chandeliers that I have designed and installed. But today, I’d like to introduce a number of other lighting projects: individual or unusual fixtures, chandeliers in interesting places, and other pieces I’ve had the pleasure of making. I will start with a recent chandelier I ... Continue reading »

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Theory

Understanding the Icons of Holy Week by Jonathan Pageau - During Holy Week, the Orthodox faithful will see several icons in the center of the church being commemorated. Although we are used to interpret icons as stand alone objects, I have found that it is sometimes best to see the language of icons as an inter-connected web of elements which speak to each other across ... Continue reading »

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News


Benedict Sheehan: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2018) - Liturgical Music in America Liturgical music is closely bound up with the people that sing it. Language, history, culture, experience, education, social class, all of these things shape the sound-world of worship. The people that founded Orthodox parishes in America more than a century ago—for the most part, immigrants from Russia, Greece, Eastern Europe, and ... Continue reading »
Sacred Choral Treasures of the Russian Emigration Premiered at the Moscow Conservatory Marking the Centenary of the Revolution: 1917–2017 - In late 2016, as the tragic centenary of the Russian revolutions was approaching, conversations began among musicians in Russia and the U. S. regarding an appropriately solemn and musically significant way to pay homage to the memory of those who had been affected by these events—in particular, composers, choirmasters, and church singers—both those who suffered ... Continue reading »

Artist Features


Benedict Sheehan: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (2018) - Liturgical Music in America Liturgical music is closely bound up with the people that sing it. Language, history, culture, experience, education, social class, all of these things shape the sound-world of worship. The people that founded Orthodox parishes in America more than a century ago—for the most part, immigrants from Russia, Greece, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East—brought their music with them, and in doing so they formed the foundations of an Orthodox musical tradition in this country. But the people who built these foundations are, of course, no longer with us. Even their grandchildren are no longer with us. The Orthodox faithful who populate our churches today are now, in many cases, people with a different language (often English), a different history, a different sense of culture, and who lead different lives. While there are now many wonderful Orthodox composers working in America today, the distinctive voices of these people—our people—have yet to be widely and clearly reflected in the Church’s worship. Orthodox communities have only gradually made the transition to worshiping in English over the last 50 years (some still don’t use English), so it’s not surprising that music is still catching up. It’s ... Continue reading »

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Orthodox Illustration Project

The purpose of this project is to make available online a collection of graphic illustrations of the highest quality. The collection will focus on iconographic drawings and related graphic ornaments stylistically suited to the illumination of printed Orthodox publications. The project will address the needs of Orthodox book designers, graphic artists, and many others, who desire excellent imagery for their publications.

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