HOUSTON ICONS: Creation, Fall, Expulsion, Commission & Evangelizers

Iconographer Dmitry Shkolnik and his helper, Aleko Michedlishvili have begun the latest icon install at St Joseph Orthodox Church, Houston, Texas.  Pictured below, unfurled on the floor and out of order, are:

Christ creating the Universe.

Christ creating Adam & Eve.

The Temptation & Fall.

The Expulsion of from Paradise.

Beneath these four scenes, on the north wall of the Narthex/Baptistery, will be some of the Evangelizers of the Nations:

Nina of Georgia

Cyril & Methodius

Mary Magdalene

Photini, the Samaritan Woman

Nicholas of Japan

Joseph of Arimathea

[And, in my haste not pictured below, Thekla and Patrick of Ireland.  Also, I'm a newbie to Patheos blogging, please forgive the redundant images.]

A huge wall mural on the east wall will greet those entering the Temple, logged here in three separate images, depicting Christ commanding the Disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Above this huge scene, cresting three arched window openings will be medallion icons of Christ, the Theotokos, John the Baptist, Peter & Paul.

An image of the scaffolding shows the north wall — with east facing wall to the right of the scaffold in another pic.

Click the images (below) to enlarge — click again for clarity & hugeness.

For images of the Dome Installation (2011) click here.

For images of the American Saints and scenes on the south wall of the Narthex / Baptistery (2013) click here.

Your prayers.

  • Rusmeister

    We’ve had a tiny schism in our church with similar icons of a semi-nude Adam and Eve painted on the ceiling, the depiction of the Fall in a quadrotype, and at least one family left our church with that sense of being scandalized as an excuse to move to another church.
    I don’t get it, because I see nothing wrong with such iconography.

    PS: I’m glad you’re back, Father Joseph, and glad I can finally post comments again.