The Gift of Transfiguration: Changed Life and Lives (Day 2)

“As the late Greek iconographer and philosopher Photios Kontaglou points out: ‘The purpose of Orthodox iconography is not simply to decorate the church for pleasure of the congregation. To the contrary, its purpose is to offer spiritual nourishment to the faithful. I use ‘spiritual’ in the Christian sense of the word. The ecclesiastical art of the Orthodox Church does not strive to delight our senses, but rather to sanctify our senses by offering the same holy nourishment we partake of during our divine services.’” (Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, The Ikon as Scripture, pg. 39)

St. Paul The Apostle Orthodox Christian Church will be hosting an exhibition of more than 100 icons, both ancient and new, on display in its sanctuary, located at 4451 Wagner Road, Dayton, OH  45440, August 20-22, 2010. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, August 21, and from 12- 5 PM on Sunday, August 22.

The exhibition entitled “ The Gift of Transfiguration: Changed Life and Lives” features 40 historic icons, dating from 1650 to the present, from Russia, Greece, Ukraine, Ethiopia as well as the United States. Among the treasures, taken from private collections (and on public display for the first time in Ohio) are a 17th century Russian miniature iconstasis, or “icon screen” with more than 20 individual figures, as well as a large 18th century Icon of the Virgin Mary entitled “ The Joy of All Who Sorrow”.

The exhibition will take place during a weekend of celebration that will also see a visit by the Orthodox Bishop of Pittsburgh to bless and consecrate the parish’s new sanctuary icons. His Grace, Bishop Melchizedek of Pittsburgh, will preside at a choral vespers on Saturday evening, August 20, at 7 PM at St. Paul’s. That same evening at 8 PM the Bishop will offer a reflection on the meaning of icons, followed by a small reception. On Sunday August 22, the Bishop will celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at 9:30 AM, followed by a service of blessing for the new icons at 11:00 AM, and a reception in the parish hall at 11:30 AM.

For more information on the exhibition, or the associated events, please feel free to contact the church at 937-320-9977 or visit the parish website at

St. Paul guiding St. John Chrysostom