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Wednesdays with the Saints Evening Prayer
January 30 @ 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Wednesdays with the Saints
Evening Prayer Service
Daily prayers are said at Saint James on a regular schedule, and we invite you to join us each week as we remember some of the people who helped shaped the church throughout the centuries. Our time together includes the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, readings, scripture, prayers, music and on occasion, light incense. Bring a friend!
This week we celebrate the gifts and works of Andrei Rublev—a monk and iconographer. Rublev is considered to be one of the greatest medieval Russian painters of Orthodox icons and frescoes; yet very little is known about him. He was born c. 1360 and may have lived near Moscow. In 1392, he became hegumen (the title for the head of a monastery in the Eastern Orthodox) after the death of Sergii Radonezhsky.
Rublev studied under Byzantine Greek master Theophanes and Russian painter Prokhor of Gorodets. The first listing of his name, albeit last in the credits, was in 1405 when he helped his teachers Theophanes and Prokhor paint works for the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Moscow. Other works were painted with Daniil Cherni including Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir in 1408 and Trinity Cathedral in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius between 1425 and 1427.
After Cherni’s death, Rublev went to Andronikov Monastery in Moscow where he painted his last work, the frescoes of the Savior Cathedral. The only icon known to be entirely his is The Trinity (c. 1410).
Rublev’s subjects were largely depicted as religious figures in a calm, peaceful state who embraced asceticism or the avoidance of all forms of indulgence.
Andrei Rublev died in c. 1430 at Andronikov Monastery. The Stoglavy Sobor—the church council that convened in 1551—promoted Rublev’s style as a model for church painting, and over time, his paintings set the standard for Eastern church painting and Orthodox iconography.