It was a bit more than a year ago that we posted our first article on the Orthodox Arts Journal in the hopes of fostering Orthodox traditional arts of all kinds.
The OAJ is the brainchild of a few of us hoping to see a space where individuals could encounter the beauty, richness and diversity of liturgical art while coming to understand the worldview, the analogies and forms they contain. Just as Kontoglu and Ouspenski re-lit for many the torch of iconography, so we hoped to spread this flame to architecture, music, vestments and all the objects supporting our spiritual journey.
After a year of activity, we rejoice that the OAJ has gathered almost 400 followers and some of our most popular articles have been visited over 2000 times. Articles are reposted abundantly either on facebook or other Orthodox and Catholic blogs.
We want the Journal to be place of encounter with traditional liturgical art, and so if you see an article online, a video or if you are aware of an event that is relevant, we would love to hear about it.
Thank you for supporting us and we hope you have found some food within our pages as we continue on. Such an endeavor is never easy, as most of us struggle to find the leisure to write. When posts are slow to come it is because many of us are busy creating the very liturgical arts we expound in the articles!
In the hope of the Resurrection. Your servants in Christ,
Jonathan Pageau, editor
for Andrew Gould, founder
and Scott Patrick O’Rourke, editor
One year – congratulations! Thank you for all of your work on the Orthodox Arts Journal. Your articles are providing material and insights that I am incorporating into my own teaching, study and prayer. Thank you!
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I am the founder/director of an iconography institute at the Episcopal Cathedral for Oregon…we offer classes in iconography taught by a Chaldean Priest and frequently give presentations or introductions to church and other interested groups on the history and use of icons.
Three years ago we were honoured by His All Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople by an invitation to an audience at the Patriarchate in Istanbul, during which His All Holiness blessed our work and ministry of spreading the knowledge, use and love of icons among Western Christians.
There is much mis-information in Western Christianity about icons and their use in liturgy and private devotions…some even think that they are “Roman Catholic stuff” and not appropriate for other churches’ use.
Thank you for this site that I’ve only recently discovered. Already, you’ve provided me much food for thought and I’ve printed out several of your thought-provoking blogs for further study and consideration. Your articles also help enlighten me personally as I continue my own study of icons and our loss encountered after the Great Schism of 1054 C.E.
I invite all to visit our website: http://www.trinityiconographers.org
Congratulations on your one-year anniversary and here’s to a long life for the Orthodox Arts Journal…
Thanks so much for your excellent work!
I learned of your website just a few months ago, but once discovered, it has been a regular part of my web browsing routine. You have achieved a standard of quality in writing and in photography and graphics to which most other websites can only aspire. I often come just to spend time in the chapel-like atmosphere that the site exudes and re-read older articles and marvel at the artwork (the recent piece on Ethiopic carving is my current favorite revisit). May God bless all of you in the continuation of this fine work.