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St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church

Minneapolis, MN

New Installations- (2009-2011)

  • The Hospitality of Abraham and Sarah (9 feet by 18 feet wall mural, acrylic method and 22 kt. gold leaf)
    The Image in the Terrace Room
    The icon of the “Hospitality of Abraham and Sarah” was chosen for the space of the Terrace Room. The image of the “Hospitality of Abraham and Sarah” expresses a symbol of Trinitarian love where hospitality is the building block of shared humanity in the life of community. The love of the Church welcomes strangers for no other reason than what is required. They may be hungry, thirsty, in need of hospitality, and so like Abraham and Sarah, we bake bread and kill the calf for meat. The image asks us to remember all needs; spiritual and psychological, as much as physical and offered in an encounter with the one and only Beloved, the experience of life within the Mystery of the Trinity.

  • Entry into Jerusalem- Christ between Sts. Peter and John ( 5 feet by 3 feet, acrylic method on gessoed panel and 23 kt. gold leaf) 
    The Image in the Fireside Room
    The original icon is an 11th century (late) Byzantine mosaic found in the Daphne Monastery near Athens.
    The icon was chosen because the room is often used for the church’s parish council meetings and who qualifies to guide and offer godly counsel better than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:3 states, “Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”The significance of Christ surrounded by Sts. Peter and John upon their entry into Jerusalem portray Peter’s leadership in the Church and John’s divine love which speak to follow in generous charity for neighbor. Holy scriptures reveal a close and particular friendship between St. John and St. Peter, which undoubtedly was founded in the ardour of their love and zeal for their divine master. Peter and John were the first to witness Christ’s resurrection. They with the disciple, James, witnessed the most important miracles of the Savior’s earthly life. Christ, our blessed Redeemer, in His boundless charity for all men, asks this duty among all men, and, as an infinitely tender parent and teacher, conjures all his children to love on another, bear with one another’s infirmities and to forgive one another all debts or injuries, and as much as is in us “to live peaceably with all men.”