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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 forVisible 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 Cantorescan 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 Cantoreswas 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 Cantoresperformed 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
In all times, in different branches of the Christian family, there are people who have written or sung or spoken things that encouraged us to give our lives to God and to listen to His voice. At Paraclete Press, we gather and share these treasures.