St. George Orthodox Church
Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA
Trumbull, Connecticut
Iconography

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Icon Commissioning - 1995
Icons on rear church wall
Icons on rear church wall
Icons on rear church wall
Icons on right side or south wall
Icons on right side or south wall
Icons on right side or south wall
Icons on left side or north wall
Icons on left side or north wall
Icons on left side or north wall

In 1995, for the 75th anniversary of the parish of St. George, the parish commissioned a series of icons, 17 of which are now in place.

Across the rear wall of the church (top photo above), the icons depict the events before and after the Resurrection, including the Crucifixion and Pentecost. 

On the right or south side of the church, (middle photo above), they represent major feast days of Jesus Christ, including the Nativity, Presentation in the Temple, and Baptism.

On the opposite or north side, (lower photo above) the icons depict major events in the life of Mary, from her Nativity to her Dormition. They're displayed chronologically in the order of their celebration on the church calendar.  

Please continue below to find additional details and information of this 1995 Icon project. 

Iconographer - V. Rev. Andrew Tregubov

V. Rev. Andrew Tregubov, the pastor of Holy Resurrection Church in Claremont, New Hampshire, received the commission from St. George for this icon project.

Below is a biogrophy from Fr. Andrew's website:  https://www.tregubov-icons.com

Andrew Tregubov was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1951. Since his childhood he had been drawn to the images of ancient Christian art which he saw in museums and churches. As he grew older the mystical and philosophical aspects of Christian teaching revealed by this art became more and more the focus of his interest. Andrew and his wife Galina decided to emigrate to the West in 1974. They arrived in America in 1975, and the following year Andrew entered St. Vladimir's Theological Academy in Crestwood, New York. Academic studies truly became for Andrew a fulfillment of many years of his pilgrimage toward the Orthodox Church. At the same time his artistic pursuits focused firmly on iconography, the authentic form of Christian art that encompasses 2000 years of Christian history and is present in all ancient Christian cultures. At St. Vladimir's Seminary he had a wonderful opportunity to study with such famous teachers as professors Serge Verhovskoy, Veselin Kesich and John Erickson, V.Rev. John Meyendorf and V.Rev. Thomas Hopko, and most especially Protopresbiter Alexander Schmemann, a renowned international scholar and very prominent leader of the Orthodox Church in America. Studying theory and history of iconography at St. Vladimir's, Andrew began to convert his artistic skills to practical work in painting icons. In the absence of reputable schools of iconography in northern America, he had to gather the knowledge of different techniques and styles from a number of well-known professional iconographers of that time, especially Leonid Ouspensky, Maria Struve, and Elizabeth Osolin, all from Paris, France. Andrew was ordained into the priesthood of the Orthodox Church and was assigned a parish in Claremont, New Hampshire, in 1979. In the same year, on a trip to France, Fr. Andrew made a very important personal discovery of the works of a genius iconographer of the 20th century, Fr. Gregory Kroug. This discovery was a turning point in developing Fr. Andrew's individual style in traditional egg tempera iconography. In 1984 Fr. Andrew and Galina received a grant from the Russian Social Fund of Solzhenitsyn to make a comparative study of ecclesiastical arts in Orthodox communities in France and England. The result of this project was a big collection of slides made of the iconographic works of Gregory Kroug and a number of other contemporary masters of iconography. Upon his return from Europe, Fr. Andrew began to lecture on iconography before different audiences such as church communities, schools and universities around the US. In 1990 Fr. Andrew wrote a book The Light of Christ. Iconography of Gregory Kroug published by SVS Press. Since the late 70s Fr. Andrew, in addition to being a parish priest, has continually worked as a professional iconographer, receiving commissions from individuals and church communities all over the US. His larger projects include, among others, St. Nicholas Church in Norwich, CT; Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Church in Cincinnati, OH; All Saints of America Mission in Salisbury CT; New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, NY; St. Gregory of Nissa Church in Wappingers Falls, NY; St. George Church in Trumbull, CT; Christ the Savior in Woodbury, CT; SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Terryville, CT; St John of the Ladder Church in Greenville, SC; Holy Resurrection Church in Clinton, MS; and St. Andrew''s Church in Delta, CO. Fr. Andrew has also made a few mosaic icons in ancient Byzantine style, most notably for Christ the Savior Church in Pearl River, NY. In 1995 he was awarded the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, Discovery Award. In his nomination, Burt Feintuch, Director of the Center of Humanities at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, wrote, "Celebrated in American church communities, passionately devoted to his art, Fr. Tregubov is not known widely in the secular world. We should 'discover' this excellent artist, recognizing and appreciating his very significant contribution to a highly valued art form..." In 1997 he was a visiting lecturer at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. There are a few icons of Fr. Andrew' at the chapel and the library. They also published a number of theological books with his illustrations. For example, The Incarnate God contains over a hundred of them. Fr. Andrew has many students across the US and has conducted two iconographic conferences in Claremont in addition to a number of workshops.

 

Icons on the right side wall

As mentioned earlier, on the right or south side of the church, three of the four icons represent major feast days of Jesus Christ.  These three icons are in chronological order beginning with the 2nd icon from the right, the Nativity of Christ, moving forward (from left to right on the photo) towards the Altar, and ends with the Theophany. The chronological movement is from the back of the church to the front - the movement is to encourage worshipers to propel themselves to the sanctuary, to communion, to the Kingdom.  The fourth icon located at the far right (or the rear wall of the church), which was commissioned at a later date, depicts the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.

Specificially, the four icons on the right side wall of the church (from right to left) are of the following Church Feast days:

The Elevation of the Cross

The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

The Meeting (Presentation) of Our Lord in the Temple

The Theophany (Epiphany) of Our Lord

Please continue below for additional details.

Icon of the Nativity of Our Lord

The third icon from the front (2nd icon from the right) on the right side of the church is an Icon of the Feast of The Nativity of Our Lord

The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus celebrates the birth of Jesus, who became a man and came into the world to save us. Also referred to as Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity is celebrated on December 25th.

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below: 

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, / Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom! / For by it, those who worshipped the stars, / Were taught by a Star to adore You, / The Sun of Righteousness, / And to know You, the Orient from on High. / O Lord, glory to You!

To learn about the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, please click onto the following link: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/1000/12/25/103638-the-nativity-of-our-lord-god-and-savior-jesus-christ

 

Icon of the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple

The second icon from the front (3rd icon from the right) on the right side of the church is an Icon of the Feast of The Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple

The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple is celebrated on February 2nd.  Forty days after his birth, Christ was presented to God in the Temple, being received in the arms of the elder Simeon and the prophetess Anna.

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below:

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace! / From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. / Enlightening those who sat in darkness! / Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder; / You accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, / Who grants us the Resurrection.

To learn about the Feast of The Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple, please click onto the following link:  https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/1000/02/02/100407-the-meeting-of-our-lord-and-savior-jesus-christ-in-the-temple

 

Icon of the Theophany of Our Lord

The first icon located on the front right wall (closest to the Altar) is of the Feast of the Theophany (Epiphany) of Our Lord.

Theophany is the feast which reveals the Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord, and is celebrated on January 6th.

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below: 

When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan / The worship of the Trinity was made manifest / For the voice of the Father bore witness to You / And called You His beloved Son. / And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, / Confirmed the truthfulness of His word. / O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself / And have enlightened the world, glory to You!

To learn about the Feast of Theophany of the Lord, please click onto the following link:  https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2018/01/06/100106-feast-of-the-theophany-of-our-lord-and-savior-jesus-christ

Icon of the Theophany of the Lord
Icon of the Theophany of the Lord
Icon of the Theophany of the Lord
Zoomed photo of Icon of Theophany
Zoomed photo of Icon of Theophany
Zoomed photo of Icon of Theophany
Troparion of the Feast of Theophany
Troparion of the Feast of Theophany
Troparion of the Feast of Theophany
Icon of the Elevation of the Cross

The fourth or last icon from the front (far right) on the right side of the church is an Icon of the Feast of The Elevation of the Cross.  This Icon is located here because it was commissioned after the icons depicting three major feasts of Jesus Christ.

The Elevation of the Cross, celebrated on September 14th, commemorates the finding of Christ’s Cross by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century.

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below: 

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance. / Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians / over their adversaries. / And by virtue of Your Cross, / preserve Your habitation.

To learn about the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, please click onto the following link: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/1000/09/14/102610-the-universal-exaltation-of-the-precious-and-life-giving-cross

Icons on the left side wall

On the opposite side of the church, on the left or north side of the church, three of the four icons represent major events in the life of the Virgin Mary.  These three icons are in chronological order beginning with the 2nd icon from the left, the Nativity of Mary, moving forward (from left to right on the photo) towards the Altar, and ends with the Dormition. The chronological movement is from the back of the church to the front - as discussed earlier, the movement is to encourage worshipers to propel themselves to the sanctuary, to communion, to the Kingdom.  The fourth icon is located at the far left (or the rear wall of the church), was commissioned at a later date, brings together saints associated with the Albanian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of America.

Specificially, the four icons on the right side wall of the church (from left to right) are of the following Church Feast days:

Saints of the Albanian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of America

The Nativity of the Theotokos (a title of Mary - meaning Mother of God)

The Entrance (Presentation) of the Theotokos into the Temple

The Falling-asleep (Dormition or Assumption) of the Most Holy Theotokos 

Please continue below for additional details.

Icon of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The third icon from the front (2nd icon from the left) on the left side of the church is an Icon of the Feast of The Nativity of the Theotokos (a title of the Virgin Mary, meaning Mother of God). 

The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos commemorates the birth of Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, and is celebrated on September 8th each year. 

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below: 

Your Nativity, O Virgin, / Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! / The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, / Has shone from You, O Theotokos! / By annulling the curse, / He bestowed a blessing. / By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life.

To learn about the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, please click onto the following link: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/1000/09/08/102541-the-nativity-of-our-most-holy-lady-the-mother-of-god-and-ever-vi

Icon of Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

The second icon from the front (3rd icon from the left) on the left side of the church is an Icon of the Feast of The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. 

The Feast commemorates when Mary, as a young child, was taken – presented – by her parents Joachim and Anna into the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary was solemnly received into the temple by the High Priest Zacharias. This feast is celebrated on November 21st each year.

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below: 

Today is the prelude of the good will of God, / of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. / The Virgin appears in the temple of God, / in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. / Let us rejoice / and sing to her: / "Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation."

To learn about the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, please click onto the following link: https://www.oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-church-year/entrance-of-the-theotokos-to-the-temple

Icon on the Falling-asleep (Formation) of the Most Holy Theotokos

The first icon from the front (4th icon from the left) on the left side of the church is an Icon of the Feast of The Falling-asleep (Dormition) of the Most Holy Theotokos. 

The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary commemorates the repose (dormition) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.

This feast is celebrated on August 1th each year.

The Troparion of the feast is located in the lower section below the Icon and follows below: 

In giving birth you preserved your virginity, / In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, / And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

To learn about the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, please click onto the following link: https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/1000/08/15/102302-the-dormition-of-our-most-holy-lady-the-mother-of-god-and-ever-v

Iconography

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Upcoming Services & Events
Sunday, December 15th
9AM Divine Liturgy @ Holy Ghost
Saturday, December 21st
4PM Great Vespers @ St. George served by Fr. John Jillions
Sunday, December 22nd
9:30AM Church School Prayers & talk w/ Fr. John Jillions
9:45AM Church School in Church Hall
10AM Divine Liturgy w/ Fr. John Jillions serving. Holy Ghost joining
Tuesday, December 24th
5PM Christmas Eve Service with Carol sing and Christmas Tableaux, Fr. Sergei serves.



 

 

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