Professor Richard Schneider is a professor of iconology (the theology and symbolism of icons) at York University in Toronto and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. He has been a speaker at several Orientale Lumen Conferences over recent years and always gives a fresh and in-depth perspective of iconography.
In October 2009 he was invited to give a lecture in Washington, DC by the Washington Theological Consortium in conjunction with an icon exhibit at the Dadian Gallery of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, one of the members of the consortium. While in the area, he agreed to record several lectures about the icons of the Great Feasts of the Eastern Churches. He illuminates the deep meaning that lies within the Holy Icons and their importance in the Eastern Christian liturgical cycle of feasts. He teaches us how to read icons through their “rhetoric” and “order.” Focusing on 14 Great Festal Icons, Professor Schneider objectively discusses the historical, theological, and scriptural significance of each and their inter-relationships.
In his six lectures he covers:
- Nativity of Our Lord; Encounter with Simeon
- Nativity of the Theotokos; Entry of the Thetokos into the Temple; Annunciation
- Epiphany of Our Lord; Palm Sunday; Great and Holy Friday
- Transfiguration; Ascension; Dormition of the Theotokos; Pentecost; Exaltation of the Holy Cross
- Resurrection and Conclusion
In each talk, Professor Schneider uses scripture and liturgical texts to point out the meaning behind specific elements of each icon. The video shows the icons in a general view but also highlights the details explained during the lecture.
Each lecture is 40-80 minutes in length and is an excellent series for anyone who wishes to better understand the Holy Icons and their importance to Eastern Christian worship. This series would also be a great program for an adult education program in a parish, using the video as the starting point following by group discussion.
This program is one of the newest additions to the OLTV group of Adult Enrichment programs available in DVD form, and can be purchased through the online catalog at www.olconference.com or by calling 703-691-8862.