Item No. 005648
Our 2018 icon calendar features icons of Christ and His Parables
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 new calendar (the standard calendar used by secular government, also known as the "Gregorian" calendar). For a Julian (or "old calendar") edition, see Item No. 005649
Compiled by: Ancient Faith Publishing
Format: Wall Calendar
Dimensions: 11 X 12 inches
Page Length: 28 pages
Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
Ancient Faith SKU: 005648
Retail Price: $14.95
About the iconographers featured in this calendar
The icon of the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee used on the front cover is by Vladimir Krassovsky, from an icon mural installed at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo courtesy of Larry Vest.)
Vladimir Krassovsky—Vladimir was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Russian émigré parents and immigrated to the United States as a child in 1954. From a young age he became actively involved in the Orthodox Church of All Russian Saints in the city of Burlingame, California, and began apprenticing as an iconographer under the direction of Nicholas Zadorozhniy when a new church was being constructed in his community. From 1969 to 1981 he apprenticed with the iconographer Archimandrite Kiprian, first at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, and later at Fr. Kiprian’s studios at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York. In 1985 he received the blessing of his mentor to devote himself full-time to iconography. In addition to painting individual icons and murals, his work includes consulting in various areas of church design and construction and the design of iconostases and other interior church decor.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Phone: 650-359-0901; Studio Location: Pacifica, California.
Tatiana V. Romanova-Grant—Tatiana was born in Moscow to a family of scientists, received extensive training in the fine arts, and successfully worked in the cinema, theater, scenography, advertising, as well as an illustrator for various publishing houses. In 1974, she began to study the art of restoration. This allowed her to save priceless icons and frescoes in Russian Orthodox Churches and in private collections. Her restoration work and studies of ancient church writings led Tatiana into painting icons. Tatiana became a master in the rare art of painting traditional icon eggs that have been displayed in museums and exhibitions throughout the world. Working tirelessly, she received many national and international awards, participating in 49 exhibitions in the U.S.A. and abroad. Tatiana considered her liturgical art the most valuable work that she could leave behind as it expresses God’s love. Tatiana passed away peacefully at her home in Felton, California, on the morning of April 30th, 2017. May her memory be eternal!
Tatiana’s Parable of the Prodigal Son icon (February) is installed in the narthex of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, California.
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, Nebraska.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Studio Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Dmitry Shkolnik—Dmitry was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1960. While studying in high school, he developed a keen interest in Russian religious art. Upon graduation, he pursued higher education in the field of architecture. Concurrently, he cultivated a knowledge of Russian craft art in the form of lacquer miniatures and icon restoration. In 1979–80, Dmitry began to work for the Russian Patriarchal Workshops (now known as SOFRINO). In 1981 he immigrated to the United States with his family. He enrolled in the Theological Seminary at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, in 1983. In his time there, he apprenticed under the well-known iconographer Archimandrite Ciprian (Pyzhov). In 1988 Dmitry completed seminary with a Bachelor in Theology. In his over 30 years in the United States, Dmitry has written over 2,000 icons, completed over two dozen iconostases, and painted numerous church frescoes, murals, and wall ornamentations. He is an active member of the International Union of Artists and has collaborated with some of the most noted Russian and American iconographers. You can see his work in churches and private collections all over the United States, Canada, Central and South America, France, Australia, Japan, Russia, Greece, and many other countries. Dmitry Shkolnik lives in San Carlos, California, with his wife and children.
Dmitry’s icons used in this calendar (the Parable of the Sower of the Seed, May; the Calling of the Holy Apostles, June; the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, July) are installed at the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Miami Lakes, Florida.
Contact Information: E-mail: email@example.com; Website: www.shkolnikstudio.com; Studio Location: San Carlos, California.
Liviu Dumitrescu—Liviu was born in 1988, and is a professional iconographer residing in Bucharest, Romania. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Restoration and Conservation from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pitesti, in Pitesti, Romania, and a Master’s degree in Painting, from the Justinian Patriarchical School from the University of Bucharest. In 2016 he was awarded the National Contest Prize, in the category at the Exhibition painting icons on wood and glass “Orthodox icon—Light of Faith” organized by the Romanian Patriarchate in Bucharest. In 2015, he was awarded the commemorative medal and diploma of “Saint John Chrysostom” granted by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, as a sign of appreciation and gratitude for outstanding achievements in preserving and promoting the culture of the Christian Orthodox faith. In addition to participating in many exhibitions and classes, Liviu is a certified as “restorer of cultural goods” by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Romania, and is a member of The Artist Union of Romania, Byzantine painting and Restoration Department.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: byzantinepainting.com.
Michael Kapeluck—Michael was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a lifelong communicant of Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. 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: email@example.com; Website: www.archangelicons.com; Phone: 412-527-5359; Studio Location: Archangel Studios, Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
Theodore Patrinos—Theodore began his art studies in Athens, Greece, and continued with traditional Byzantine art at the Holy Mount of Athos. He has kept a traditional workshop in Athens for the last fifteen years, and teaches tradional Byzantine art at a state school.
Contact Information: Many of Theodore’s icons are featured on the website: fineartamerica.com
Credits for other icons used in this calendar:
The Parable of the Fig Tree icon is from the pages of an illuminated and illustrated Arabic manuscript of the Gospels, which was copied in Egypt by Ilyās Bāsim Khūrī Bazzī Rāhib, who was most likely a Coptic monk, in A.D. 1684. From the Walters Art Museum collection, Manuscript W. 592, folio 58a, © 2011 Walters Art Museum, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
The Parable of the Ten Virgins icon is from an unknown iconographer. Mounted copies of this icon may be purchased from Orthodox Christian Supply in Rosman, North Carolina, by contacting Silouan Campbell (Phone: 704-999-3843; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 Gregorian or “new” calendar. (Note: A different version of this calendar is available which makes use of the Julian or “old” calendar dates.) The date for Pascha (commonly known as Easter in the West) falls on April 8 in 2018. (The date for Western Easter falls on April 1 in 2018; 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.
The word “icon” derives from the Greek word eikon, meaning “likeness,” “image,” or “representation.” An iconographer or icon-painter is thus an artist who “paints images.” In the Eastern Orthodox Church, icons hold a very special place. They are not just stylized representations of saints or events; they are endowed with a mystical connection to that which they depict. Always seeking to portray the invisible realities of heaven, icons celebrate holiness in lines and color, revealing the “dwelling of God within men” (Rev. 21:3).
According to tradition, the first icon ever created came from the hand of the Apostle and Evangelist Luke. From the very earliest period of the Church’s history, icons of the Lord, the Virgin, the disciples, andother saints and martyrs, were being painted and venerated. The patterns and techniques of the iconographer’s craft were passed on from generation to generation from a very early period of the Church’s history. Icons were never looked upon as “original works of art.” Instead, each new generation of iconographers meticulously followed the examples and parameters established from earlier times. With the passage of time, various schools of iconography developed as Christian artists from Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Syria, and other countries made minor adaptations to the standard iconic formulas, incorporating elements of color and design from their own cultures and making use of the creativity of their God-given artistic talents.
What Is a Parable?
Parables are stories in word-pictures, revealing spiritual truth. The Hebrew and Aramaic words for parable also mean “allegory,” “riddle,” or “proverb.” The Scriptures, especially the Gospels, are filled with parables—images drawn from daily life in the world to represent and communicate the deep things of God. Parables give us glimpses of Him whose thoughts are not our thoughts and whose ways are not our ways (Is. 55:8, 9).
The truth communicated by Jesus’ parables, however, is not evident to all who hear them. One must have spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear, and even then there are degrees of understanding of the parables.
Parables challenge the hearer and call for faith to perceive the mysteries of the Kingdom. Insight into God’s Kingdom does not come simply through an intellectual understanding of the parables. Spiritual enlightenment is communicated through faith in the Person, words, and deeds of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The use of parables was known in Jewish culture long before Jesus. Jesus, however, brought the art of parables to perfection, relating aspects of the Kingdom and speaking of God Himself through vivid stories. His purpose was not only to reveal truth to those with hearts prepared. He also wished to draw responsive hearts past the entrance and into the very reality of God’s Kingdom which He proclaimed and inaugurated.
In opening to us the door to the Kingdom of Heaven, the parables help us to love God and to know Him, to understand and believe His grace, and to order our lives according to His Holy Word.
Credits and Acknowledgments
The icons appearing in this calendar are used with the permission of the iconographers and/or photographers.
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