Iconography: Old Testament Prophets

$414 of $27,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 25 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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Our Benefit Concert with Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, and John Jorgesen was s great success! To see pictures and videos, visit us on Facebook @AnnunciationSantaMaria.
The overall goal has been lowered as we continue to make progress in fundraising.
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You are cordially invited to join in an exciting evening of folk/country/bluegrass music on April 22, featuring legendary singer/songwriter Chris Hillman and his good friend and longtime collaborator, Herb Pedersen, in a benefit concert for the iconography project and Ethiopian charity of the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Santa Maria.

Chris Hillman is an original member of The Byrds; he also is a founding member of The Flying Burrito Brothers, and - with Herb Pedersen - The Desert Rose Band. Chris is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a four-time Grammy nominee, and a recipient of the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Herb has performed and recorded with numerous notable bluegrass and country musicians over the decades. As an acoustic duo, Chris and Herb have recorded several successful albums and CDs, including At Edwards Barn in 2009.

You will not want to miss this lively "down home" performance on April 22 by two renowned musical icons!

And you will not want to miss the delicious Mediterranean dinner catered by our Central Coast's Hapy Bistro and Santa Ynez Café!

Seating is limited at the Edwards Barn, so hurry and get your tickets by calling John Truman at (805) 206-6904, or by sending an email to tickets@odox.org.

Please feel free to spread the word.

We look forward to seeing you on April 22!
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Tickets now on sale for our benefit concert with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen. Only 200 tickets available. $100.00 includes dinner catered by Hapy Bistro.
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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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$414 of $27,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 25 months
Created May 28, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
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Santa Maria, CA
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