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Item No. 008894
Our 2017 icon calendar features icons of Apostles, Evangelists, and Enlighteners of the World
11" X 12" full-color calendar features large calendar boxes (1-3/8" X 1-3/4") for recording your important date reminders.
Major saints and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed.
There are two 11" X 12" pages for each month, with a large size icon image on the top page, and a calendar page below.
A hole is drilled at the top of the calendar, so that it is easy to hang on your wall.
Note: this calendar uses dates according to the Julian (or "old calendar"). For the "new calendar" (the standard calendar used by secular government, also known as the "Gregorian" calendar) edition, see Item No. 008893
In this version of the calendar, feast days are shown on the date they are celebrated on the secular calendar (e.g. for those on the Julian Calendar, the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated on January 7), and the liturgical date is displayed in smaller blue type just below the Gregorian (new calendar) date.
Compiled by: Ancient Faith Publishing
Format: Wall Calendar
Dimensions: 11 X 12 inches
Page Length: 28 pages
Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
Ancient Faith SKU: 008894
Retail Price: $14.95
About the iconographers featured in this calendar
The icon of Saints Peter and Paul used on the front cover of this calendar is by the hand of Heather Sommer.
Khouria Heather’s desire is that the icons she paints inspire the viewer to prayer and bring glory to God. The Sommer family lives in Snohomish, Washington, where her husband, Fr. David Sommer, serves Saint Thomas Antiochian Orthodox Mission. She primarily paints murals for parishes thoughout the USA and Canada.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Blog: heathersommericons.blogspot.com.
Deacon Matthew Garrett—Matthew grew up in the Orthodox Faith, where he developed a great appreciation for icons. His father arranged for him to spend the summer of 1991 working for Philip Zimmerman at the St. John of Damascus Icon Studio. He grew enamored with the process of painting icons and spent the next several years reading about icons, looking for interesting prototypes to paint, working at the studio, and painting at home. Since graduating from St. Vincent College, he has continued to grow as an artist and to develop his own style. His work ranges from larger-than-life-sized murals to postage stamp-sized icons. For many years he was a member of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 2009, he married and moved to Boise, Idaho. He was ordained as a deacon in 2011 and serves at St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church in Boise, in addition to his continuing work as an iconographer. Deacon Matthew has exhibited his work and given lectures on iconography at festivals, churches, and conferences, and his work can be seen in many churches, especially in the northeast U.S.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.holy-icons.com; Phone: 208-859-9698; Studio Location: Boise, ID.
Diane Plaskon Koory—Diane was born in Detroit, Michigan. She comes from a Slavic, Carpatho-Russian background. She was baptized and received chrismation in her family’s Greek-rite Catholic Church and was raised in and attended the Roman Catholic Church. In 1971, Diane received chrismation in the Antiochian Othodox Church, the Church of her husband’s family, and since that time has embraced the Orthodox faith as her own. She has a BA and MA in Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and a BFA cum laude from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Diane’s interest in iconography began with her fascination with the differences between icons and Christian art. She has taken several classes with Philip Zimmerman, at St. John Art Academy in Pennsylvania. She has also taken classes from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Xenia Pokrovsky. Diane has traveled extensively to study traditional icons from other countries. In addition to writing individual icons, she has many icons in churches throughout the United States. In 2003 she had a one-person show at the Saginaw Art Museum titled “Windows to Heaven.” She has given many lectures on icons, Christian art, and the history of icons to many Orthodox and non-Orthodox churches and groups. She has a studio in her home in Troy, Michigan. She attends St. Mark Orthodox Church (OCA) in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Contact Information: E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: 248-396-0362; Studio Location: Troy, MI.
Michael Kapeluck—Michael was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a lifelong communicant of Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie, PA. Michael started his art training early in life, being chosen to attend formal art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh at the age of nine. He studied in this program for six years, at which point he graduated to the pre-college course of instruction at Carnegie Mellon University, where he spent three years. Upon graduating from high school he decided to continue his studies in art at Carnegie Mellon, where he was accepted into the College of Fine Arts. After four years of study Michael graduated with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Art. After several years of showing in area art galleries, Michael felt that the Holy Spirit was moving him to give up the world of secular art to devote his life to the study and creation of the sacred art of iconography. He has been blessed since that time to paint for many churches and individuals and continues to enjoy the challenge of pushing his skills to greater levels. Michael now lives, paints, and worships in his home town of Carnegie, where he enjoys life with his wife Michele and their two children, Zachary and Mikaela.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.archangelicons.com; Phone: 412-527-5359; Studio Location: Archangel Studios, Carnegie, PA.
Protodeacon Paul Drozdowsky—Paul is a lifelong artist who formally studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and design at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, earning a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts. Subsequently, he spent a year and a half studying at Holy Trinity Theological Seminary in Jordanville, New York. During that time, he simultaneously worked under the tutelage of master iconographer Fr. Andrei Erastov, and began fulfilling monastery orders almost immediately. Since then, Paul has fulfilled many commissions for both churches and individuals, and his work can be seen coast to coast. Father Paul is currently an ordained clergyman, in the rank of protodeacon, and serves at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Howell, New Jersey.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Website: www.pd-icons.com; Studio Location: Freehold, NJ.
Janet Jaime—Janet is a communicant of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and began writing icons in 1995, working in the traditional egg tempera technique. She is a full-time certified iconographer and also serves as co-chair on the DOWAMA Committee of Sacred Arts. She has been blessed with writing icons for homes and many churches, including St. Peter, Madison, MS; St. Andrew, Riverside, CA; St. Antony, Tulsa, OK; St. George, Cedar Rapids, IA; and St. George, Kearney, NE.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Studio Location: Oklahoma City, OK.
Amiran Goglidze—Amiran was born in 1951 in Oni, Georgia. He graduated from the I. Nikoladze College of Painting in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1971, then studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts from 1971 to 1977. He learned iconography by working on painting restoration and conservation work at over 50 churches throughout Georgia. He taught iconography at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts from 1977 to 1986. Since 1987 he has worked intensively on large-scale icons. In 2006, the Patriarch of all Georgia awarded him the title of Chief Artist of the Georgian Church, in honor of his lifetime dedication to Georgian iconography. His icons and miniatures can be also be found in many other countries, including Italy, England, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, America, Poland, and Cyprus. (Note: The icon of St. Nina used in this calendar was offered as a gift from the Patriarch of Georgia to Patriarch Kirill of Russia.)
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Studio Location: Tbilisi, Georgia.
Marie Eltchaninova-Struve—Marie was born into the family of a Russian émigré priest, Father Alexander Eltchaninoff (author of Diary of a Russian Priest, published by St. Vladimir Seminary Press), emigrated in 1921 from Tbilisi, Georgia, to Constantinople, and finally to Nice, France. Though Marie’s mother, Tamara, was an iconographer, Marie’s primary training as an iconographer was under the tutelage of Sister Jeanne Reitlinger. Because she loved England and English literature, she painted many icons destined for England, including the Saint Columba icon used within this calendar. The Saint Columba icon resides at St. Andrew Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was photographed for the purposes of this calendar by Domenico Antonopoulos. Now 91, Marie is no longer an active iconographer.
Credits for other icons used in this calendar:
The St. Nicholas of Japan icon was commissioned for Annunciation Cathedral, Arenyev diocese of Russia, in time for the 2015 arrival of a delegation from Japan which presented relics of St. Nicholas to the diocese. The icon was painted in Moscow by Shtatnova Alexander. The photo was provided by Orthodox Christian Supply in Rosman, North Carolina. Mounted prints of this icon may be purchased from Orthodox Christian Supply (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Andrew icons were both photographed by Amanda Yazbek from New South Wales, Australia. The St. Gregory the
Illuminator icon is from Pammakaristos Church in Istanbul, and is by an unknown iconographer. The St. Andrew icon is from the entrance to the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Phanar) in Istanbul. Amanda received permission from a Metropolitan at the Ecumenical Patriarchate allowing us to use the icon in this calendar.
About the Calendar Dates
The feast days shown on this calendar in bold, blue type are the twelve great feast days of the Orthodox Church. Other feast days of some of the most popularly venerated saints of the Orthodox Churches around the world are listed in black, regular type. Dates are listed according to the Julian or “old” calendar. (Note: A different version of this calendar is available which makes use of the Gregorian or “new” calendar dates.) The date for Pascha (commonly known as Easter in the West) falls on April 16 in 2017. (The date for Western Easter also falls on April 16 in 2017; only occasionally does the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ occur on the same date in East and West.)
Many days throughout the Orthodox church year are designated as fast days (on which we refrain from eating meat products, milk products, fish, wine, and oil). These fast days, marked in red type, include the four canonical fasting seasons (Great Lent, the Apostles’ fast, the Dormition fast, and the Advent fast), as well as almost every Wednesday and Friday. When a major feast falls during a fasting season, fish, wine & oil are allowed. In addition, there are also several fast-free weeks and other special fast days. Because fast day designations vary slightly from church to church, consult your local parish for further details.
About the Saints Featured in Icons in This Calendar
Saint Sava, Illuminator of Serbia
Saint Sava was born in 1169, as Rostislav (Rastko), the son of the Serbian king Stephen (Stefan) Nemanja and Anna, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanus. From his early years he fervently attended church services. When seventeen, Rostislav met a monk from Mount Athos, secretly left his father’s house, and set off for St. Panteleimon Monastery on Athos. Sava and his father later established the Serbian Hilandar Monastery on Athos. There Sava was ordained a priest. After becoming known for his holy life on Athos, he was made an archimandrite at Thessalonica. In 1219, the Ecumenical Patriarch consecrated him as the first archbishop of Serbia.
In Serbia, Archbishop Sava organized the work of his native church and facilitated the Serbian Church becoming autonomous. The hierarch visited churches all across Serbia, reformed monastic rules on the model of Athos and Palestine, established many churches, and generally strengthened the Orthodox in their faith.
Having completed his work in his native land, the saint appointed his successor, then set off on a pilgrimage, passing through many holy sites in the Middle East. The saint finished his wanderings at Trnovo, Bulgaria, where he died peacefully in the year 1237. His feast day is celebrated on January 14/27.
Nicholas, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Archbishop of Japan
Ivan Dimitrievich Kasatkin was born in 1836 in the village of Berezovsk, where his father served as deacon. After completing his theological education, in 1860 he was tonsured a monk with the name Nicholas and ordained to the priesthood. At his request, Father Nicholas was assigned to Japan.
At first, the preaching of the Gospel in Japan seemed impossible. Father Nicholas spent eight years studying their language and customs. By 1868, his flock included only about twenty Japanese. Nicholas returned to Russia in 1869 to report on his progress. The synod decided to form a mission for preaching the Word of God among the Japanese. Father Nicholas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite in 1870 and appointed head of this mission. Returning to Japan, he worked diligently to establish schools, translate service and religious books into Japanese, and construct churches. By 1878 there were 4115 Christians in Japan.
In 1878, Nicholas petitioned the Holy Synod to provide a bishop for Japan. He himself was consecrated bishop in 1880 and continued his apostolic work. By 1911 (50 years after he first arrived in Japan), the Japanese Orthodox Church had grown to 33,017 Christians in 266 communities.
On February 3, 1912, Archbishop Nicholas died peacefully at the age of seventy-six. In 1970, the Holy Synod of the Russian Church glorified him as a saint. His feast day is celebrated on February 3/16.
Patrick, Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland
Patrick was born in about the year 385, the son of a Roman official in Wales. When Patrick was 16, the district was raided by pirates, and he was taken captive, brought to Ireland, and sold as a slave, being put to work as a herder of swine. During his period of slavery, Patrick learned the Irish language. After six years, he was able to escape, board a ship, and return to his parents in Britain.
Some time later, he went to Gaul and studied for the priesthood. Eventually, he was consecrated as a bishop and entrusted with the mission to Ireland. Patrick arrived back in Ireland in around 432.
St. Patrick founded many churches and monasteries across Ireland, baptized may people into Christ, and encouraged the growth of monasticism. Because he used the three leaves growing out of a single stem of shamrock to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as one God in three Persons, he is often depicted with a shamrock in his hand. St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 (some say 492). His feast day is celebrated on March 17/30.
Innocent, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to the Americas
Saint Innocent was born in Irkutsk, Siberia, in 1797 as John Popov, though his surname was later changed to Veniaminov. In 1823 he accepted the call to missionize the Aleutian Islands, Sitka, and some of the remotest settlements in Alaska, translating the Gospel into numerous native dialects. In 1840, after the death of his wife, Father John was tonsured a monk with the name Innocent, and the same year he was consecrated Bishop of Kamchatka and the Kurile and Aleutian Islands. In 1867 he was appointed Metropolitan of Moscow, in which capacity he served until his repose in 1879. He is commemorated among the saints as Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts, and Apostle to the Americas. Saint Innocent’s feast days are celebrated on March 31/April 13 (the day of his repose), October 5/18 (the Synaxis of the Moscow hierarchs), and October 6/19 (the day of his glorification).
Cyril and Methodius, Equals-to-the-Apostles and Enlighteners of the Slavs
Methodius and Constantine were born into a pious family in Thessalonica, Greece. Methodius was later tonsured as a monk at a monastery on Mount Olympus in Asia Minor. The Byzantine emperor sent the brothers to preach the Gospel to the Khazars, after which Constantine taught philosophy in the capital and Methodius was made an abbot.
In 862, Prince Rostislav of Moravia asked the emperor for teachers and missionaries who could preach in the Slavic tongue. Constantine and Methodius were chosen. With others, the brothers devised an alphabet and translated the Gospel, Epistles, Psalter, and some service books into what is now known as Old Church Slavonic. The brothers then proceeded to Moravia and began to serve the Liturgy in the Slavic language. This angered the German clerics, who wanted the liturgy to be celebrated exclusively in Latin. The brothers were summoned to Rome, where the pope authorized the use of the new Slavonic liturgy.
In Rome, Constantine fell ill, and just 50 days before his death was tonsured as a monk and given the name of Cyril. Cyril died at the age of forty-two on February 14, 869. After this, the pope ordained Methodius as a priest, and later consecrated him as archbishop of Moravia and Pannonia. Methodius and his disciples continued to distribute service books written in Slavonic. He was continually persecuted by the German bishops until his death on April 6, 885, when he was about sixty years old.
Saint Methodius’ feast day is celebrated on April 6/19, Saint Cyril’s on February 14/27, and their joint feast day on May 11/24.
Columba of Iona, Enlightener of Scotland
Columba was born in 527 in County Donegal in Ireland. After studying in monastic schools under some of Ireland’s most prominent church figures, Columba became a monk and was eventually ordained a priest. He helped to found several monastic communities in Ireland. Columba is remembered as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, a group of Irish monastic saints of the sixth century who studied under St. Finian.
In 563, Columba and twelve companions crossed to Scotland, eventually settling on the Isle of Iona, on the west coast of Scotland. At Iona, they founded a new abbey, which became a dominant religious and political institution in Scotland for centuries. Columba and his disciples used Iona as a base for spreading Christianity among the Pictish kingdoms in Scotland. Columba died in 597 on Iona and was buried there. He is known today as the Enlightener of Scotland. Saint Columba’s feast day is celebrated on June 9/22.
Saints Peter and Paul, Foremost of the Apostles
Saints Peter and Paul are widely referred to as the Foremost of the Apostles. They are often spoken of as the two men most responsible for spreading the Christian message in the days of the early Church. Their joint feast day is observed on June 29/July 12, the date selected being the anniversary of either their death or the translation of their relics.
Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of the Russian Land
The Primary Chronicle reports that in the year 987, Prince Vladimir sent envoys to study the religions of the various neighboring nations. After emissaries who visited Constantinople and witnessed the ritual of the Byzantine Church reported, “We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth,” Vladimir settled on Eastern Orthodox Christianity. If Vladimir was impressed by this account of his envoys, he was also attracted by the political gains of an alliance with the Byzantines.
In 988, Vladimir boldly negotiated for the hand of emperor Basil II’s sister, Anna, offering in return to assist in putting down a revolt against the emperor and agreeing to Christianize his people. After Vladimir was himself baptized, there followed a mass baptism of the Kievans in the waters of the River Dniepr. Though these baptisms were largely forced, in the years to follow there developed a deep spiritual transformation of the Russian people. Vladimir is considered an apostolic sovereign, like St. Constantine, and is honored with the title Equal-to-the-Apostles. Saint Vladimir’s feast day is celebrated on July 15/28.
Nina Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia
According to most traditional accounts, Nina (or Nino) was born in about 296 to a Greek-speaking Roman family from Cappadocia, and later traveled to Georgia (ancient Iberia) by way of Constantinople or Rome. According to legend, she performed miraculous healings and converted first the Georgian queen, Nana, and eventually the pagan king, Mirian III of Iberia. Soon, the whole of the king’s household and the inhabitants of the capital city adopted Christianity. In 326 King Mirian made Christianity the state religion of his kingdom. Nina continued her missionary activities, and, having witnessed the conversion of much of Georgia to Christianity, she withdrew to a mountain pass in Bodbe, Kakheti, and died soon after in about 338.
Saint Nina has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church, and her attribute, a grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity. Saint Nina’s feast day is celebrated on January 14/27.
Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Armenia
Gregory was the son of Armenian nobles. When his father was put to death in 252 for assassinating King Khosrov II, Gregory escaped to Cappadocia, where he was educated and brought up as a devout Christian. Upon coming of age, Gregory married a Christian woman, Miriam, but they later separated so that Gregory could take up a monastic life. Gregory left Cappadocia and went to Armenia in the hope of atoning for his father’s crime by evangelizing his homeland. At that time Tiridates III (son of King Khosrov) reigned.
In 301 Gregory baptized Tiridates III and other members of the court as Christians. The same year Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity as its state religion. In 302, Gregory was consecrated as patriarch of Armenia. In 318, he withdrew to a small monastery near Mount Sebuh, where he remained until his death in 331.
The Armenian Orthodox Church claims to have originated in the missions of the Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the first century. However, because Gregory converted most of Armenia, influenced Armenia to adopt Christianity as its official religion, and became the first patriarch of Armenia, St. Gregory is considered the Illuminator of Armenia and an Equal-to-the-Apostles. His feast day is celebrated on September 30/October 13.
The Four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
The title “Evangelist” is given to each of the four gospel writers of the New Testament: Matthew (feast day November 16/29), Mark (feast day April 25/May 8), Luke (feast day October 18/31) and John (feast days May 8/21 and September 26/October 9 ). They are called evangelists, a word meaning “people who proclaim good news,” because their books aim to tell the “good news” or “gospel” of Jesus.
Apostle Andrew, the First-Called
Andrew was the first-called of the Twelve Apostles and the brother of Simon Peter. Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade. By various accounts, after Christ’s Resurrection Andrew preached in Scythia, Thrace, Achaea, and along the Black Sea and the Dniepr River, reaching as far as the future site of Kiev. Also according to Orthodox tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium (later Constantinople, now Istanbul) in AD 38, installing Stachys as bishop. This diocese would later develop into the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Andrew was martyred by crucifixion in the city of Patras in Achaia (western Greece). At his own request, because he thought himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus, Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross, now commonly known as a Saint Andrew’s cross.
St. Andrew, as first bishop of the Church of Byzantium (along with St Stachys his disciple), is the patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Andrew is also the patron saint of several countries and cities, including Romania, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, and Patras in Greece. His feast day is celebrated on November 30/December 13.
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