Iconography: Old Testament Prophets

$467 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 31 months
Elise Roberts
for Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

In the Orthodox Church, an icon is a sacred image, a window into heaven.  An image of another reality, of a person,  time and place that is more real than the here and now.  More than art, Icons have an  important spiritual role.  An icon is “theology in  Imagery, the icon expresses in colors what the     Gospel proclaims in words.” (Michel Quenot, “The Icon: Window on the Kingdom”)
We began our Iconography Project in 2012 to beautify our worship space and reflect the beauty of God's temple.  So far, through many fundraisers and the talents of Iconographer Heather MacKean, we have been able to finish the Christ Pantocrator, the 4 Evangelists, and the Enthroned Theotokos above the Church's altar. Recently, Heather completed work on the Celestial Liturgy in the upper section of the Dome.  Due to her amazing dedication, we were able to remove the scaffolding just days before Pascha on May 1, 2016.
But...there is still much to do. To complete the Dome section of our project, we are needing to raise funds for the  Old Testament Prophets. The Prophets will be located in the lower section of the dome below the Celestrial Liturgy Icon.


We are raising money to complete the iconography in our Dome.  Some of the  Old Testament Prophets are:

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Amos, Hosea, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Micah, and King David.
Our Iconographer, Heather MacKean, paints in the traditional manner--egg tempra on plaster and gold leaf accents.  She mixes her own pigments using ancient techniques.

 Each Prophet cost approximately $3,500 to complete. We are trying to raise approximately $45,000 to complete the entire dome.  Any monies raised above that will keep the project going to other areas of the church.  
Its our prayer that the beauty of the Iconography now adorning our church will be a blessing to those who see it, both as a way to learn about Orthodox theology and as a spiritual edification.  As Fyodor Dostoyevsky has said, "Beauty will save the world."


 As a small congregation, we do regular fundraising through the efforts of many of our talented members.  During our open houses that we host throughout the year, many visitors are struck by the beauty of the current iconography that has been completed.
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There is still much work to be done to complete the Icons in the dome but this icon is nearing completion.
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$467 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 31 months
Created May 28, 2016
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Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
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Santa Maria, CA
EIN: 710988372
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