1. Rebecca Chapman

    Extraordinary. Absolutely beautiful work.

  2. My father confessor once told me: “You haven’t reached your potential…” When I look at such astonishing work I realize, as an Iconographer myself, I haven’t, and may never, reach my potential. May God continue to bless this Iconographer’s hands, and those who assist him in his sacred work!

  3. The church is incredible, the paintings magnificent. Such talent can truly only be a gift from the Lord. God bless you all as you continue to use your abilities to glorify him. Amazing work!

  4. Cherie LeClair

    absolutely beautiful work obviously Graced by the hand of God. i look forward to seeing the church on my return to south carolina. i have heard updates of the work and progress with excitement from some of my friends that are parishioners. i was curious why there was no gold used on the halos which would be tradition for icons? i was wondering if it was still early in the process. the work is outstanding. May God Bless the iconographer with Many years. in Christ, Cherie LeClair

    1. Historically, gold was not normally used in iconographic murals on walls. There were some exceptions, and gold haloes are common in 19th-century Russian murals, but to be true to the medieval style in which our murals are painted, gold would not be appropriate. From a practical standpoint, gold is problematic in murals because gold leaf only ‘lights up’ if there’s a specific light source for it to reflect. Gold painted on a ceiling would only be reflecting the floor, and is likely to look dark, not bright, during the daytime.

  5. Thanks on behalf of all the iconographers for having shared the images of this extraordinary work.

  6. Very Rev. John P. Bambrick

    Breathtaking. Miraculous in an age of Religious Iconoclasm such a work can be written is a testament to Fatih! Magnificent.

  7. Gloria Squires

    Absolutely breathtaking. It is so inspiring to simply gaze upon their beauty . . . to behold the beauty of the Lord . . . to be reminded of Psalm 27:4 (NAS 1977)

    One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
    That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
    To behold the beauty of the LORD,
    And to meditate in His temple.

  8. Vladimir, you continue to amaze and inspire me!

  9. Cherie A LeClair

    Thank you again for posting these beautiful pictures. i again look forward to studying the work in person when i can get back south. Many Blessings to the iconographers who worked on the project. What an amazing gift to the Mount Pleasant, and surrounding community. Thank you Andrew for taking the time to answer my question. I learned something new:) A wonderful Christian tool that i will never stop learning about. God Bless and In Christ, Cherie

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