A comprehensive and multi-sensory introduction to the Christian East.

A comprehensive and multi-sensory introduction to the Christian East.

Walking into an Orthodox church is a multi-sensory experience, as we are enveloped in the richness and depth of the music, the scent of incense, and the prayerful imagery of icons. . .

This vibrant gift set will:  

  • Introduce you to icons  
  • Teach you about their origin and historical evolution
  • Show their role in the spiritual and liturgical life of the Eastern Churches, both Orthodox and Catholic 
  • Show the physical and spiritual steps in their creation 
  • Explain the symbolism that is key to deciphering them
  • Offer deeply spiritual music with the ability to reach the very depths of the human soul
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Sister Faith Riccio, CJ, is an artist and a religious sister at the Community of Jesus, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her work can be seen in private collections and exhibits, both nationally and internationally, and at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA. 

Praise for Icons: The Essential Collection:
“In this little book, the reader can easily experience how these beautiful icons help Christians to live a good life, what they have to offer, and what they did for Sr. Faith. Icons are an invitation to go beyond our world; to take a moment to look as through a window into heaven. ” — Midwest Book Review

Dennis Sardella writes and speaks on Russian and Byzantine icons and their role in Eastern Christian spirituality, as well as on prayer and the Christian life. He has served as a Docent at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts for eleven years.

Praise for Visible Image of the Invisible God:
“This book is amazingly comprehensive for its size, providing an introduction not only to icons but to the Eastern Christian faith and spirituality that produced them. It also manages to draw the reader into the kind of respect, devotion, and worship necessary to understanding any icon.” —Frederica Mathewes-Green, The Open Door

Gloriæ Dei Cantores can look back on a rich experience with the Russian people that spanned nearly a decade.

In 1990, the choir brought sacred Russian choral music to the concert halls of Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) for the first time since the Russian Revolution. Equally important, the choir sang parts of the Russian Orthodox liturgy with the Russian people in their worship services.

In 1992, the choir saw the first fruits of democracy after the fall of communism. In this tour, Gloriæ Dei Cantores was among the first Western artistic groups to tour Siberia, traveling as far east as Irkutsk.

In 1998, the choir again sang in the great concert halls and cathedrals of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and toured the “Golden Ring,” an area of great cultural and historical significance northeast of Moscow.

In all these trips, Gloriæ Dei Cantores performed a wide variety of sacred classical works, all reflecting the depth of heart of the Russian people.

Praise for Sacred Song of Russia:
“The best compilation of standard Russian choral music I have ever heard.” —American Record Guide

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