New Iconography inside Holy Apostles Chapel at Holy Protection Monastery

 The church pictured below is Holy Apostles (Sts. Peter and Paul) chapel. This is just their temporary chapel until the large church can be built. Yes, keep that in mind as you view the photos below.

The view from the entry between the narthex and the nave. The ceiling is low because there is the second floor of the monastery on top (see above photo). All of the white space will eventually be filled with iconography.

I took about a hundred photos inside the church of the iconography. Needless to say, not all of them are pictured, but here is a decent sampling.

The icon below is a self-renewing icon of the Theotokos. It was brought to the monastery for the purpose of being professionally cleaned. I’m not sure how old it is, but after years and years of use it was very, very dark with soot and dirt. You could barely make out what it was. The gerontissa at Holy Protection is an iconographer so the priest who brought it hoped she would be able to restore it. After it arrived they placed it in the church. An all-night vigil was taking place that night and the chaplain, Fr. Mark, censed it when he went around to do the frequent censings. He noticed that a small area on the icon seemed brighter. Every time he censed the area was bigger until by the end of the night almost the entire icon was bright and clean. It had renewed itself. Within a day or two even the small dark area that had been left was gone.

 

There are additional photos of the interior of the church and monastery here. You can definitely see how much progress was made!

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