With brighter hues and bolder brushstrokes, Orthodox icon painters are looking to breathe new life into the ancient art of depicting saints, angels and biblical scenes, lest its rigid rules see it consigned to history.
A dozen church painters from European countries like Greece and Serbia but also from the United States gathered this month in Romania to experiment with adding modern touches to Byzantine iconography without angering the conservative Orthodox Church. "I don't want to attack them," US painting professor Anthony Salzman said of churchgoers, "but I don't want to bore them either". "Tradition died in the 16th or 17th century, now we are resurrecting it, we are learning what its limits are," he added at the event in Mogosoaia, on the outskirts of Bucharest.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served on Sunday, 2 December 2012 the Divine Liturgy in the church of Holy Gabriel the Archangel in Belgrade. On this occasion Bishop Atanasije awarded Primarius Dr. Bogdan Zlatar,retired specialist in internal medicine, with the Order of Saint Sava of the Third Degree.
In the evening of the feast day of the Renovation of the Church of Saint Greatmartyr George in Lydia which is the Patron Saint’s day of the city of Novi Sad, on 15 November 2012, at the great hall of the Matica Srpska in Novi Sad the book Raids and Concentration Camps in Backa during World War Two, which author is archimandrite Jovan Radosavljevic, was presented. The book is the latest publication of Beseda (Homily) – the publishing company of the Orthodox Diocese of Backa. His Grace Dr Irinej of Backa, Dr Djordje Srbulovic and the author spoke on the book.
Last Saturday, on 10 November 2012 , the annual concert of the choir “Saint Roman Melod” at the Holy Trinity Church in Kitchener was held. His Grace Bishop, George of Canada, who blessed this cultural and spiritual gathering, was also present at this concert.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, the president of the Committee for completion of the construction and interior decoration of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava on Vracar, opened last night, on 14 November 2012, at the crypt of the Saint Sava Cathedral an exhibition of the works of the students of the Academy of the Serbian Orthodox Church for Fine Arts and Conservation from Belgrade and thirty painters, iconographers and painting workshops. The exhibition is opened until 21 November.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Thessaloniki, which was organized by the Hellenic Culture Fund, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended a concert of spiritual music.
During the concert entitled 1912: Musical Memories at the premises of the Hellenic Culture Fund, the Serbian Byzantine choir Mojsije Petrovic performed hymns devoted to the Lord, The Most Holy Thetokos and Saint Demetrius, the protector of the city of Thessaloniki, and other folk songs from various parts of Greece.