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Iconography: Old Testament Prophets

$330 of $44k goal

Raised by 6 people in 8 months
Elise Roberts
for Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
 SANTA MARIA, CA
THE BACKGROUND

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.

 THE PROJECT

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."

THE NEED

 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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Update 7
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16 days ago
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If you are in the area next weekend, join us! Tours of the church to see our progress so far included! Seating is limited.
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Update 6
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16 days ago
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If you are in the area this coming weekend, join us! Tours of the church to see our progress so far included! Seating is limited.
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23 days ago
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Another way we are raising funds towards our Iconography Project. If you'd like to help and need a label for your own jar, you can send a message here and we will gladly send one to you.
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1 month ago
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We continue our fundraising efforts in multiple forums. Stayed tuned for more information regarding a benefit concert in April 22nd including Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson.
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$330 of $44k goal

Raised by 6 people in 8 months
Created May 28, 2016
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Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
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Santa Maria, CA
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