Item No. 008918
Our 2019 Icon Calendar features icons of Angels and Angelic Visitations
- 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
- Contains an informative section about angels, including their ministry, ranks & orders, and more
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. 008919
Compiled by: Ancient Faith Publishing
Format: Wall Calendar
Dimensions: 11 X 12 inches
Page Length: 28 pages
Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
Ancient Faith SKU: 008918
Retail Price: $14.95
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.)
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.
Judeo-Christian culture has always had an affinity for angels. Unfortunately, misconceptions and misinformation about angels have crept into the thinking of the average person today. It is because modern religious beliefs do not retain an Orthodox view of angels that their true nature and purpose have become confused with kitsch refrigerator magnets and the chubby cherubs appearing on Valentine cards. You often hear people say things such as, “You’re my cute little angel,” or, “She’s an angel in heaven now.” Somewhere along the line, the biblical nature and power of angels has become a caricature. For the record, angels aren’t cute; they aren’t little; and people do not become angels when they go to heaven.
The English word “angel” translates the Hebrew mal’akh, or “messenger of Yahweh.” The Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament uses the word angelos, and the Latin Vulgate, angelus. Finally, a fusion of the Old English word engel and the Old French word angele gave us the English word we know and use today. In all translations, the original understanding of the most basic purpose of angels has been as “messengers of God.”
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, and other 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.
About the Iconographers Featured in this Calendar
Michael Kapeluck - Michael was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a lifelong communicant of Saints Peter and 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 over 30 churches and numerous 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. They have two grown children, Zachary and Mikaela.
Contact Information: Email: kapeluck at verizon.net; Website: www.archangelicons.com; Phone: 412-527-5359; Studio Location: Archangel Studios, Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
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.
Vladimir’s two icons used in this calendar (The Three Holy Youths in the Fire with the Angel of the Lord; The Synaxis of the Angels) are installed at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky; photos courtesy of Larry Vest.
Contact Information: Email: vova at aol.com; Phone: 650-359-0901; Studio Location: Pacifica, California.
Cheryl Ann Pituch - Cheryl Ann was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally raised in the Presbyterian Church, she has been Orthodox for 41 years. Cheryl Ann’s journey to iconography started with a prayer on the night of her conversion to the Holy Orthodox faith as the words from Psalm 115 (116) became her meditation: “I believe therefore I spoke; I was greatly humbled, I said in my ecstasy, ‘What shall I give back to the Lord for all he rendered to me?’” Approximately six years later and a move halfway across the country, this vocation began. Over the last 36 years she has worked with three iconographers, each one layering skill and prayer. Cheryl Ann has done iconography work from California to Florida, Mexico to New York, including both small personal commissions to work for churches and monasteries. Cheryl Ann has been married for 47 years to Eugene Pituch and is mother of 4 grown children and grandmother to 4. She resides in Robert, Louisiana, a small rural town 60 miles north of New Orleans.
Contact Information: Email: capituch at gmail.com; Phone: cell 814-241-3663, home: 985-520-5581; Studio Location: 47086 Willow Dr., Robert, Louisiana 70455.
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: matthew at holy-icons.com; Website: www.holy-icons.com; Phone: 208-859-9698; Studio Location: Boise, Idaho.
Aidan Hart - Aidan is a member of the Orthodox Church and has worked full time as a liturgical artist for over thirty years. As well as painting icon and frescoes, he is a mosaicist, carver, and consultant on church interiors. He has works in over twenty countries of the world. His book Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting is widely considered the leading work on the subject.
Contact Information: Websites: www.aidanharticons.com and www.aidanhartmosaics.com. Studio location: United Kingdom.
John Thomas Rigby - John Thomas has been intensely engaged in art since grade school and graduated with a BFA from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1978. After his conversion to the Orthodox faith in 1988, he sought opportunities to engage in painting icons. With a wife and four girls to care for, he had limited access to training; however, he has had the honor of taking several seminars with Dr. George Kordis, who both influenced his development as an artist and opened to him the complex world of egg tempera painting. These seminars provided a bridge between his original training in art and his growth as an iconographer. He currently lives in Indy with his wife and a revolving door of daughters. You may view some of his work on Facebook at “John Rigby Iconographer.”
Contact Information: Email: jr at santarossa.com; Studio Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
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: eleousa at cox.net; Studio Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The icon used on the front cover is by the hand of Michael Kapeluck.
Credits and Acknowledgments
The icons appearing in this calendar are used with the permission of the iconographers and/or photographers.
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