New World Byzantine Studios donated new banners for the Orthodox delegation to the annual March for Life, which took place on January 22nd in Washington D.C. The project began when members of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary expressed a desire for attractive new banners that would project the character and dignity of Orthodoxy. Andrew Gould designed and made them in the form of liturgical banners with high-quality maple poles and fittings. The canvas is digitally printed in red ink with graphics in the style of old liturgical books. One banner bears an icon of the Theotokos adapted from a seventeenth-century wooden printing block from Mt. Athos. The other banners include hand-drawn text and various styles of crosses. The bold graphics in red bear an appropriate resemblance to medieval military banners.
The five banners were carried by members of the seminary, and were seen by hundreds of thousands. It is hoped that they gave an impression of beauty and quality at a huge and diverse event, reflecting well upon Orthodoxy before many who have little familiarity with it.