BRINGING ICONOGRAPHY TO THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR
Traditionally, vibrant images of the saints and martyrs have adorned the walls of Orthodox Christian churches as part of its theology throughout the world. The community of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, NY recently completed its sacred mission of installing iconography in an effort to enhance the spirituality of the congregation. This is their inspirational story.
Father Elias G. Villis, Parish Priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour, believed that bringing the iconography project to fruition was the will of God. He felt a calling to share this vision with his parishioners and was blessed to have the privilege of leading the community in this endeavor.
Upon entering the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour, the creative team at MiB Mediaworks found themselves surrounded by vibrant images, compelling history, and spiritual depth. The journey of bringing iconography to the church community was clearly a story that needed telling. They brought that story to life on film.
Michael Psaros is a proud member of the Church of Our Saviour in Rye, New York and the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, West Virginia.
This is Our Story
The temple of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, NY, was built in the 1960s, and designed to feature the iconography to come. In the 1980s, they installed two icons, the Holy Mother (the Platytera) and the image of Jesus Christ (the Pantocrator) leaving the rest of the church a blank canvas. In 2012, the community began working together to complete the mission that had begun 55 years earlier. From concept to completion, each step on their journey required vision, patience, commitment, teamwork, prayer and the art of belief.
Each icon on the walls of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior in Rye, NY, tells an inspirational story of faith, perseverance, and commitment to Christianity. The parishioners venerate these icons as a way of enhancing their spirituality and communication with God. By sharing the story of how they worked together to complete the mission of iconography, we hope to provide insightful perspectives to those interested in the history and meaning of iconography and inspire others to find that same inspiration through the martyrs and saints.