BAI Review (Summer 2023)

As a member of the BAI you will receive a quarterly Review.  Our Review is published for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and is usually at least 40 pages in length. It has interesting articles and useful information for both established iconographers and for those just starting out.  UK members will have a printed copy of the Review posted to them, while overseas members can opt to either have the printed Review posted  or an e-mailed version.
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As a guide for a prospective member of our Association, below is a summary of the contents for this issue (Summer 2023):

Icon St Michael the Archangel
BAI Patrons, Officers and Information
The Editor’s Message
BAI Members’ Exhibition – Autumn 2023
What is an Icon? Icons and the Iconographer – Ian Knowles
Pope Francis, World Youth Day
Christian Heritage Centre, Icon Workshop – Gabriel Stirling
The Dormition of the Theotokos
The explanation of this famous Icon will give you a deeper understanding of the Trinity – Garrett Johnson
Meditation – Archangel Michael Sr Esther
Maria Hutton, BAI Member, died in May 2023 – Sr Esther
St. Petroc icon Anara Forrester
Famous Russians …Their Orthodox Faith – Sergei Rachmaninov, Anastasia Parkhomchik
St Etheldreda
Review of Aidan Hart’s book – ‘Festal Icons’ – Sr Esther


Message from the Editor

Dear Friends,
In this season of holidays and visiting different places, I hope you are having lovely, refreshing times. I was fortunate to be staying near Pendle Hill and Ribblesdale, so contacted the Christian Heritage Centre. Stefan, the Director, very graciously offered to show us round. He was full of enthusiasm, ideas and the wish to serve God – AMDG (Ad majorem Dei Gloriam), to the greater glory of God, the Jesuit motto. I asked him for an article and photos.
The special event organized by the BAI, will be the Exhibition of Members’ work, Sept 29th-1st Oct 2023. This will take place in Liverpool, which will enable members who live in the North-West to have easier access than for previous Exhibitions. All are warmly welcome – there are good train services from around the UK and flights from Ireland !   More information is on our website (NB All Courses are on our website )
Many of you, like me, probably watched much of the Pope’s visit to Lisbon recently. During the Saturday evening Vigil, he referred to an icon of Our Lady, Mother of God, Hodegetria. How wonderful that hundreds of thousands of young adults were present – being encouraged and encouraging one another in the Faith ! The continuation of Ian Knowles’ article, ‘What is an icon?’   also looks at what is not an Orthodox icon. This may be of interest for clarification. Ian was the founder of the Bethlehem Icon School. With every good wish for your times of refreshment and prayers for your writing of and worshiping through icons.
Ann (BAI Editor – Volunteer)
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