The Basilica of Saint Mary’s popular annual Icon Festival began in 1995 with the intention to educate parishioners and the community about the history and significance of Icons, a tradition that is centuries old yet very much a part of today’s world. Catholics and Christians from different Orthodox Churches in the Twin Cities work together on the exhibit and other events. The Festival provides opportunities for the communities and individuals involved to learn more about each other through art and music.
The Icon Festival features:
- An exhibit of Icons from our own collection and on loan from families and different Orthodox Churches
- Grand processions with Icons
- Icon classes
- Visits to Orthodox Churches
- Evening prayer according to different Orthodox traditions
- Opportunities for praying with Icons
The Icon festival begins on the Sunday closest to November 1, All Saints Day and ends on Christ the King Sunday.
Please visit the 2020 virtual exhibit at https://www.mary.org/who-we-are/art/basilica-icons#.X58Aa1NKjok
You may also visit “Art That Surrounds Us”- vimeo productions by Johan van Parys, Ph.D., Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary’s art collection.