“Year of Faith”
“Icon: The Way to the Kingdom”
Exhibit at Villanova University Art Gallery
Friday, October 26 to Sunday, December 16, 2012
Opening Reception and Blessing of the Exhibit
Friday, October 26, 2012
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Blessing 6:00 PM
The exhibit will include Cretan, Romanian, Syrian, Coptic, Carpathian-Rusyn, Greek, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian icons along with vestments, Gospel books, chalices and miters. The artifacts were drawn from the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church of America located at the Monastery of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk in South Canaan, Pa and private collections. Some of the artifacts have never before been seen publicly.
In collaboration with Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, Director and Curator of the Villanova University Art Gallery, the exhibit was conceived, the icons and other liturgical items gathered, and their display organized by the Very Reverend Archpriest John Perich, Pastor, St. Herman of Alaska Church, Gradyville, Pa, and Administrator, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Orthodox Church of America.
Friday, October 26 5:00 to 7:00 PM Official Opening Ceremonies and Reception with a 6:00 PM Prayer Service of Thanksgiving, blessing the opening of the exhibit, with the Miraculous Icon of “She Who Is Quick to Hear”.
Sunday, October 28 3:00 PM Featuring the Icon and relics of Sts. Cosmas and Damian in the Art Gallery.
Monday, October 29 4:00 PM Lecture by Metropolitan Hilarion with the conferring of Honorary Doctorate, Villanova University, Connelly Center, Villanova Room. (Rescheduled to Wednesday, October 31, 2012.)
Sunday, November 4 3:00 PM Featuring the Icon of the “Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and all the Holy Angels” in the Art Gallery.
Sunday, November 11 3:00 PM Featuring the Icon and Holy Relics of St. John Chrysostom and the Doctors of the Church in the Art Gallery.
Wednesday, November 14 7:00 PM lecture by Fr. Justin, Librarian of St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt at Villanova University, Connelly Center, Villanova Room. His topic is “The Beauty and Significance of Icons.”
Sunday, November 18 3:00 PM Featuring the Icon and Holy Relics of Saint Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and the Holy New Martyrs of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Art Gallery.
Sunday, November 25 (By Invitation Only) 3:00 PM His Excellency, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) to speak and bring The Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of “Our Lady of the Sign” in the Villanova Room or Connelly Center Cinema.
Wednesday, November 28 7:00 PM Panel discussion by 4 presenters: The Right Reverend Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese; Very Rev. Dr. John Kowalczyck; Rev. Dr. Joseph Loya, O.S.A. and Rev. Dr. James Dougherty. Subject of the panel discussion: The Icon of “St. Elizabeth Greeting Mary”, the sanctity of life exegesis on the "greeting" in the Connelly Center Cinema.
Sunday, December 2 3:00 PM Featuring the Icon and Holy Relics of Saint Nicholas of Myra and Bari the Wonderworker in the Art Gallery.
Thursday, December 6 Lecture (By Invitation Only) 7:00 PM by Metropolitan Kallistos at Villanova University, Connelly Center, Villanova Room.
Sunday, December 9 3:00 PM Featuring the “Holy Myrrh Weeping” Icon of Saint Anna with the Mother of God (Conception of Holy Theotokos by St. Anna) in the Art Gallery.
Sunday, December 16 3:00 PM Featuring the Icon and Holy Relics of Saint Herman of Alaska and a closing prayer service in Thanksgiving of the exhibit in the Art Gallery.