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Archimandrite Alipius (Voronov) is an example of deep and ardent faith, which is especially important in today's lukewarm times. But within the covers of this book, the reader will not meet an ideal image but instead will encounter a human capable of making jokes who enjoyed not only ecclesiastical but also secular art, was able to talk tough against any lies, counter enemies and put up a fight. The fight had to be faced against the menacing persecution of the church community by Khrushchev when the Soviet authorities set a goal to "show the last priest on television". Thanks to the courage of Father Alipius, the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery governed by him for fifteen years was never closed down by the atheistical authorities.
Handmade icons of the Holy-Dormition Pskov-Pechersk monastery. They are made by hand using the author's technology in the monastery workshop. Icons are made on wooden planks made of hardwood, depending on the size, they are reinforced with transverse dowels. Next, levkas (gesso) with pavoloka (canvas)* is applied to the boards, after which the main image is applied to the prepared Board using the author's technique with high-quality pigment paints that are resistant to fading. In the future, the icon goes to the master Gilder who covers the icon with gold from natural gold** and passes the icon to the iconographer who completes the image and signs the icon.
* on flat (small, medium) icons, a reinforced levkas without pavoloka is used
** depending on the type of icon, gold leaf can be replaced with an imitation
Workshops of the Pskov-Pechersk monastery strive not only for aesthetic and technological perfection of the icon creation process. An integral basis of the ancient art of icon painting, since ancient times, has been prayer and the desire for purity of body and spirit, involvement in Church life. These ancient principles of iconography we, with our modest efforts, strive to embody at the present time. Inspired by the image of the Saints and Elders of the Pskov land, we strive to follow the path of Christian life, not only within the walls of the Church, but also in the works and concerns of everyday life.
We ask for your prayers in our works and God bless you!
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