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To Heaven Iconography Tour
St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, 812
Grand Street, Trenton, NJ will be hosting "Windows to Heaven, Gospels in Color
and Light!" an Iconography Tour and Reception on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Tour times are 11:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The 90-minute tour will begin in the
church with presentations and discussions on Orthodox iconography given by
Father John Diamantis, Rector, Father Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus, and
accomplished iconographer, Lynette Hull.
The tour will be followed by a
reception next door in Daria Hall. Ethnic food and beverages will be available
and are included in the ticket price. The cost of the tour is $20 for adults
($25 at the door), $5 for students 12 -18; no charge for children. Tickets may
be purchased at Daria Hall (at the corner of Adeline and Stanton Streets) on
Sunday mornings after Divine Liturgy (12-1 pm), or by contacting:
Nina Laushell Phone (215) 428-2177 or via e-mail: nina.laushell@...
Darice Keyes Phone (267) 987-5156 or via
corresponding via e-mail, please put ICONOGRAPHY TOUR in the subject line.
Information is posted at http://www.saintvladimir.com
hold an important role in the religious practice of Orthodox Christians. They
provide access to the divine and enhance a viewers understanding of God and the
heavenly hierarchy. The word, icon, originates from the Greek word, eikon, which
Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church was constructed in 1914.
The Byzantine icons and murals within the church were written (painted) by
well-known Russian iconographer, Pimen Sofronov, during the years 1954-1956. Mr.
Sofronov was born in Estonia in 1899. He began an apprenticeship at the age of
11 with a Master Iconographer. He moved to Yugoslavia where he restored old
icons and painted new icons and murals in many churches. He later lived in
France where he was in charge of a school to train iconographers. Just prior to
World War II, he was invited to the Vatican to paint murals in a Byzantine
chapel. He worked as an iconographer at the Vatican for about seven years. He
came to United States in the early 1950’s to first paint Saints Peter and Paul
Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY. Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Church was the second
church that Mr. Sofronov painted in the United States.
Nadezhda Gavrish, of Philadelphia, who were trained in the science of icon and
art restoration in Russia, laboriously restored the iconography in
The tour is offered as an outreach to the greater community
and will provide an explanation of the particular icons and frescoes in Saint
Vladimir Orthodox Church and the meaning they hold as “Windows to Heaven.” Tour
participants will be able to experience the beauty and remarkable example of the
eternal presence of the holy.
Additionally, local iconographer, Lynette
Hull, will explain what it means to be an iconographer as well as the actual
process of writing an icon. Attendants of each tour session will have the
opportunity to participate in a Silent Bid for an icon that will be written by
Mrs. Hull to the image of the winner’s choice during the reception.
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