The Prosopon school has printed a catalog of icon reproductions entitled “Icons of the Prosopon School.” It is hard cover, contains 304 pages, 202 color plates of icons by the iconographers of the Prosopon School, two articles written by the founder of the school, Vladislav Andrejev, one on creativity and another on the meaning of some of the pictured icons. This catalog is in two languages, Russian and English. It will be a valuable tool for any aspiring student of iconology and every student of the Prosopon School.

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THE PROSOPON JOURNAL

ISSUE #10. $25

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOLOGY
Theological Discernment with Examples by Master-Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev
 Principal's Great Lent--Pascha--Pentecost Greetings: Master-Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev
 THEOLOGY
St. Symeon the New Theologian--Iconographer of Divine Light by Father Igumen Mefodii
 ANTHROPOLOGY
On the Subject of Tears by Master-Iconographer Nikita Andrejev
 ICONOLOGY
Contemplation on the Icon of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos by Elizabeth Webster, Student
 MEDITATION
In the Brightness of Holy Pascha 2012 by Kristina Maria Sadley, Student
ICONOLOGYCAL POETRY
The Holy Dormition Pskov-Caves Monastery by Carole Fowler, Student
ICONOGRAPHY
The Process by Tatiana Brestova, Master-Iconographer
 PRACTICE
Designing an Ornamental Pattern for a Gilded Halo by Master-Iconographer Nikita Andrejev
CONOGRAPHY
Pigment Guide and Recipes--2012 by Tatiana Brestova, Master-Iconographer
 PROSOPON LIFE
First Iconography Exhibit of the Prosopon School in Argentina, Soth America and Saint Theodosia Iconography Guild in Stafford, Virginia

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ISSUE #9. $20

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOLOGY
On the Icon
Saint Pavel (Florenskii)
(Conclusion: Continued from "Prosopon" Issue #8)
THEOLOGY
Icon and Incarnation
In the Holy Fathers and St. John Damascene
Bishop Athanasius Yevitch
POETIC ICONOGRAPHY
Beyond the Painted Board
"Father Pong"
CONOGRAPHY
Elements of the Environment in Iconography
Vladislav Andrejev, Master Iconographer
ICONIC LIFE
"Who are You?" A Testimony
Rebekah O'connell
PROSOPON LIFE
-Monograph published in Russian
-Third Prosopon School Icon-writing DVD

ISSUE #8. $20

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOLOGY
On the Icon
Saint Pavel (Florenskii)
Logos-Christ Emmanuel in Iconography
Vladislav Andrejev, Master-Iconographer


ICONOGRAPHY
A New Icon
Father Mefodii, Hieromonk
The Skete of Saint Maximos the Confessor


LETTERS AND OPINIONS
PROSOPON SCHOOL LIFE
Two Prosopon School Icon-writing DVDS now available

ISSUE #7. $20

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOGRAPHY
 Icon – The Soul of Man
Holy Countenance, Human Face and Mask in Iconology


THEOLOGY
 “Prosopon” – Its Scriptural Foundation


ICONOGRAPHY
 The Apse Frescoes of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Guatemala  

ISSUE #6. $17.00

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOGRAPHY
Questions of Iconology: Icon as Art, Life and Faith
The Practice of the Contemplation of the Icon


THEOLOGY
Two Canons of the Feast of the Transfer of the Holy Icon-Not-Made-by-Human-Hands


ICNOGRAPHY
New Icon: Saint Lazuros the Iconographer of Constantinople

ISSUE #4/5. $17.00

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THEOLOGY
Art and Religion, Creativity and the Meaning of “Image” from the Perspective of the Orthodox Icon
Divine Essence and Uncreated Energy
THEOLOGY


The Divine Gifts of the Incarnate Logos of God which assist Man-Anthropos to Theosis according to Saint Maximos the Confessor


ICNOGRAPHY
A new Icon: Our venerable Mother, Saint Theodosia of Constantinople

ISSUE #3. $17.00

ABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOLOGY
The Angel of the Countenance of God
Vladislav Andrejev
THEOLOGY
The Holy Angels
Royce Anthony Gehrels
ICONOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUE
Icon Drawing of the Guardian Angel
THREE RECENTLY PAINTED ICONS
ICONOGRAPHY
The Gesso
Dimitri Andrejev
A VISIT TO THE KREMER PIGMENT FACTORY IN GERMANY
Dimitri Andrejev
THE PROSOPON SCHOOL BRANCH IN RYAZANSKAYA OBLAST’, RUSSIA
Olga and Melanie Andrejev

ISSUE #2. $17.00

Prosopon journal #2

ABLE OF CONTENTS

THEOLOGY
On How “Icon” is at the Root of Existence for Man and the World
Reverend Kenneth Paul Wesche
ICONOLOGY
The Image of the Lord Sabaoth and the Icon of the Fatherhood
Vladislav Andrejev
THE ICON AND THE CHURCH
Leonid Ouspensky
A List of the Venerable Iconographers, Holy Defenders and Theologians of the Holy Icons, and Holy Martyrs for and Confessors of the Holy Icons
Father Mefodii, Hieromonk
ICONOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUE
A Technical Note on Pigments: Jarosite
A Slavonic Style English Alphabet for Insciptions on Icons

ISSUE #1. $17.00

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ICONOLOGY
Questions of Iconology: Icon as Art, Life, and Faith
Vladislav Andreyev, Master Iconographer
PRAYER AND ICONOGRAPHY Part I of the lecture series/worshops for the Classes for Advanced Students, September 3-5, 2005 given in Endicott,NY
The Practice of the Contemplation of the Icon:
"PRAYER AND ICONOGRAPHY" (Classes for Advanced Students September 3-5, 2006)
Vladislav Andreyev, Master Iconographer
THEOLOGY
Two Canons for the Feast of the Transfer of the Holy Icon-Not-Made-by-Human-Hands
ICONOGRAPHY
New Icon: Saint Lazaros the iconographer of Constantinople
Father Mefodii, Hieromonk
Skete of Saint Maximos the Confessor
THE PROSOPON SCHOOL LOGO
PROSOPON SCHOOL LIFE
"In the Image and Likeness" - Icons by Students and Master of the Prosopon School of Iconology. An exhibition of Icons made at the School of Iconology, Philadelphia division
Susan von Medicus, Philadelphia Coordinator
LETTERS AND OPINIONS

 

Teachers and Coordinators of Worshops are strongly urged to send any articles which may be included in future issues of PROSOPON as well as to offer PROSOPON to their students and the attendees of their worshops. Copies can be obtained by contacting the Skete of Saint Maximos.

CURRENT PRICES FOR "PROSOPON"


Because of the ever-increasing costs for printing, postage, and bank exchange fees for non US currencies, the prices for all available Issues of "Prosopon" are:

Introductory Issue $ 5.00
Issue # 1 $17.00
Issue # 2 $17.00
Issue # 3 $17.00

PROSOPON JOURNAL REPRINT PACKAGE "For a short time reprints of the Introductory Issue; Issue #1; Issue #2; Issue #3 are being offered for $50.00, a savings of $6.00. Kindly make out checks or money orders to "Prosopon Journal Reprint Package" and mail to Skete of Saint Maximos, PO Box 356, Palmyra VA 22963, Attn: Father Kyrill".

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ICONS in the Orthodox Church

Perhaps the first thing that a visitor might notice upon entering an Orthodox church is the abundance of artistic painted images called icons. The visitor will see a partition composed of icons and ornament separating the altar from the nave; he will observe individual icons painted on wooden panels resting on stands; he will note that the walls are covered with paintings of various scenes and personages and that even the ceiling and the adjoining vestibule and side-rooms of the church have iconic images. What are these painting-like images, and what is their meaning and function within the Church?

The word ‘icon’ simply means ‘image’ in the Greek language. Icons are images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, angels, saints, and important New and Old Testament events in the history of Christianity which involve these holy persons. Oil lamps are lit in front of the icons, and the faithful make the sign of the cross, bow down before, and venerate them with a kiss. Afterwards, they place candles on the candle stands before the icons. The subject of the icon or icons displayed on the stand in the center of the church depends on the specific Feast or Saint celebrated during that time. Icons are carried by the people during church processions.

THE PAINTING OF ICONS

Icons are painted according to specific guidelines and rules called canons, by iconographers, or icon-writers, who have studied the canons and carry out their work in a prayerful manner. The iconic style came about naturally, as a result of the many small contributions of people, often anonymous, who led holy lives completely centered on God, throughout the history of the Church. The icon reflects these people’s intuitive sense for expressing the Truth of the Church, as well as their conscious consideration of Church teachings. In this way, the icon is not an arbitrary picture painted according to the individual imagination of a single artist. Rather, the subject, pattern, and execution of an icon all draw on the collective experience of the Church, an experience of two thousand years.

BEYOND ARTISTIC DECORATION

The role of the icon in the Church is beyond that of simple decoration. The icon is a sacred object directly connected to the actual Presence of God, which it bears within the images of the saints depicted on it. The completed icon is ceremonially blessed by the priest, and the symbolic image on the icon is united with its heavenly prototype. Thus the image is not an illusion, but shares in the reality of what or whom it represents. As such, the icon is an integral, living part of the Church no less than the people of the church are, and cannot be removed as easily as an optional decoration.

How is the icon connected to a living presence inside it, and not a mere painting? To help understand, we can give an example of a window through which we see a person outdoors: the image of the person we see through the window is not a picture painted on the surface of the glass of the window by our imagination; it is the very person standing outside. The image we see is inseparable from that person. In the same way, and even more, the image we see on an icon is a direct link to the holy person whom it represents. This is partially because the "glass" of the icon has been refined by the long tradition of the Church, and does not distort the image.

A WINDOW INTO HEAVEN

Christ said, "My Kingdom is not of this world." Icons are the windows from our physical world into that Kingdom, which is invisible to physical eyes. The images of the holy persons we see on icons are not portraits of those people from the time when they lived on earth. Rather, they are the images of those people as they now and forever exist on the other side of the window which is the icon. The saint depicted on an icon is standing within that invisible Heavenly Kingdom and is made visible through the icon to us who are still on this side. The human form with which the icon presents the beholder is an image of holiness, spiritual strength, and restored beauty. It is an example of the state which the believer must attain to be able to meet God face to face.

In the church, the iconostasis, which is the partition between the altar and nave, is a screen of icons. We can visualize these large icons as windows into the altar. We view the iconostasis not as a wall, but as a screen. On it, that which is invisible to physical eyes during church services (the mystical action of the Holy Spirit), is made visible. This is valuable, because to truly be aware of what is happening during the service requires great concentration and faith. The icon screen helps the believer focus by "translating" the liturgical service into a language easily understood by all people: the language of image.  

 

NEW EDITOR, COMPILER AND DISTRIBUTOR OF PROSOPON JOURNAL

Father Kyrill, Hierodeacon of the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor is the new editor of Prosopon. Fr. Kyrill comes to this position highly qualified. He holds several degrees from Catholic University in Washington, DC: BAs in Philosophy and Social Services, an STB in Theology, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL). He is currently a third year student working towards an STD. Father Kyrill also holds an MA in Eastern Christian Theology from the John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies at Fordham University in New York (degree granted from Maryknoll College). Fr. Kyrill has been a continuing contributor to Prosopon since its inception. He was published in the festschrift Light From the East on the occasion of the eightieth birthday of the now late Rev. Archimandrite Bonifex Luyxx. Fr. Kyrill is also the author of the monograph Lead Me In Thy Truth; The Question of Baptism and "Re-Baptism" in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Father Kyrill has published a seven volume work of the complete liturgical services for Holy Week and Pascha, containing also all the appropriate rubrics for the bishop, priest, deacon, reader, servers, chanter and choir. This extensive liturgical work has received the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia as well as the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Hierarch of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia. Fr. Kyrill is currently compiling An Introductory Iconology Glossary for the Prosopon School, which will also be available in concise form  

All correspondence for PROSOPON can be addressed to Father Kyrill, Skete of Saint Maximos, P.O. Box 356, Palmyra, VA 22396 email: sketestmaximos@gmail.com

 

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PROSOPON School of Iconology Presents

Rule of the Seven Sacraments
Compiled from Russian sources by Master Iconographer Vladislav Andrejev. This beautiful hardbound prayer book is gold embossed and features full color icon reproductions; acid-free, museum quality paper and a marking ribbon.

OUT OF PRINT


 

 

 

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