Our Planned Iconography Project
When Prince Vladimir the Great (Saint Vladimir of Kiev) was seeking a religion for his people, the pagan Kievan Rus, he sent emissaries to study and report on the religious traditions of all his neighbor countries.
When the emissaries returned from Constantinople, and described the Orthodox worship at the great cathedral of Hagia Sophia, they are reported to have said, "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth," and of the beauty of the church, "we know not how to tell of it."
We know longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth. The visitor to an Orthodox church, on stepping inside, should ideally feel transported into a new world, one that affirms in the most forceful way that the beauty of God's creation is a manifestation of His glory and His love for mankind. The iconography that traditionally adorns the interior of an Orthodox church plays a major role in this affirmation.
Icons have also traditionally also played an educative role in the Orthodox church, conveying pictorially the lessons conveyed verbally in the Gospels—art that is "a vehicle of the Gospel teaching," in the words of Leonid Ouspensky ("The Meaning and Language of Icons").
And perhaps most importantly, on a theological level, Orthodox icons—especially icons of Christ—are statements affirming the Incarnation: "The undepictable Word of the Father became depictable when He took flesh of you, O Theotokos" (Kontakion for the Sunday of Orthodoxy).
It is with these traditions in mind that we have embarked on a major project to complete the interior ceiling iconography of Holy Trinity. To the church's current iconography, the new project will add 35 full-panel settings of events from the life of Christ, the Old Testament, and the Tradition of the Church; 61 full-body saints; and 20 "medallion" depictions of the saints. You can see a rendering of what the completed project will look like here.
The iconographer is Leonidas Diamontopoulos, the same iconographer by whose hand the church's original iconography was written. Mr. Diamontopoulos is working on the icons in his studio in Greece, and will come to Dallas to oversee their installation. The pictures on this page show some of the icons "in progress" at Mr. Diamontopoulos's studio. The pictures were taken by Father Christopher during a visit to the studio in the summer of 2015.
The first phase of the project—the installation of icons in the altar area and the two transepts—was completed in September 2015. The second phase will install the icons in the remainder of the nave, and is scheduled for September 2017.
How can you participate?
We are deeply grateful for the donations we have received to make this project possible. If you would like to participate, there are still opportunities to give. We would like to have all our parish family participate in this effort in some way, together returning to our Church the blessings and gifts we have received from the Lord. Please consider:
Giving individually - You may choose to donate any the remaining Panel Icons, Full Body Saints or Medallion Saints, as an individual or as a family.
Giving as a group - You may choose to donate any one of the remaining Icons as a group or an organization, a society, a group of people, a family group, etc.
Making a general donation - If you are unable to make a donation for one specific Icon, you are encouraged to make any size donation to the General Icon Fund, which will help cover the Imitation Marble Designs and the Byzantine Designs.
If you would like to give or would like to know which icons have not yet been pledged for, please contact Father Christopher at 972-991-1166 or by email at email@example.com.