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  1. John H Curran

    Wonderful and inspiring work! I would like to know more about the silicate paint, including how one might prepare a board for an icon on which to use it. Is it from the KEIM company? I wrote them for information, and am waiting to hear. Thank you.

    1. Seraphim O'Keefe

      Thanks, John! Contact me by email at seraphim.okeefe@gmail.com and I can send you some information.

  2. Wonderful work, Seraphim! I look forward to seeing the completed work this summer while I’m doing my CPE at Prisma Health.

  3. Archimandrite Gerasim

    Beautiful work and beautiful words! Great work tying baptism to the prophets. Makes one want to glance at the frescoes at Dura Europos again.

  4. Allison M Nix

    Breathe taking, each and every one. What a gift to us Seraphim! I sincerely thank you and am grateful to have you in our lives.

  5. Truly God-Inspired work, Seraphim! Thank you so much for your loving service!

  6. John Elhardt

    Thank you for your service to the church Seraphim, and for sharing these marcellus works. What a lesson.
    By putting the forerunner on Christ’s left and the other angels on His right you reversed the usual orientation of the theophany icon. Do you mind sharing why? As you enter the church this places Elijah on your left and Moses on your right, just as when you look west at the transfiguration. However this configuration breaks the continuity somewhat between the transfiguration and adjoining walls; Moses in the transfiguration is next to Elijah at the Jordan, Elijah next to the red sea. Just curious on your thought process, how it all came together.
    This has opened up Elijah’s ascension for me in many ways. I love your use of color all around, and look forward to seeing the nave.

    1. Seraphim O'Keefe

      Thanks for your very attentive comment; yes, this arrangement is the product of a lot of consideration. Starting with the Transfiguration: this composition has been fixed since early on, wherein Moses appears on Christ’s left, and Elijah on His right. You will almost never see them switched. Iconography on a western wall is composed to be seen while facing west, while all the other walls are to be seen while facing generally eastward. Thus, as you noticed, the scenes of Elijah and Moses on the north and south walls are on the same side, right and left, as in the Transfiguration icon. While it is true, as you note, that this places each prophet at the Transfiguration closer to the other prophet’s scene; in effect this ends up being more conducive to continuity, because each prophet is facing his own scene, rather than having his back to it.

      We also have a side chapel dedicated to Moses and the Burning Bush on the south side of the church, and we wanted the Moses scene to be on the same side.

      As for the Theophany, this composition has a lot more variation in the tradition. Most place St John the Baptist on Christ’s right, but there are many exceptions. There are also many variations of the other elements, such as how many angels are attending. So, we wanted the continuity of the group of angels with the Elijah scene, and the group waiting for baptism with the Moses scene, as I described above. Also, having Christ approaching from our left towards our right reads more as forward motion to people who read from left to right, and this creates a more natural mimesis for the act of entering the doorway below.

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