Thanks for making our 2016 Festival a success. Please come see us in 2017.
Website dates and details will be updated 4-6 weeks prior to the festival 2017
Memorial Day Weekend - May 26, 27, 28 2017
There are regularly scheduled tours of our church during the festival. We hope to share with you the symbolism of our church as reflected in the architecture and iconography of the church, as well as a brief outline of the history and teachings of our Orthodox Christian Faith. In the long history of the Orthodox Church, a definite style of church architecture has developed. This style is characterized by the attempt to reveal the fundamental experience of Orthodox Christianity: God is with us. The fact that Christ the Immanuel (which translated means “God with us”) has come, determines the form of the Orthodox church building. Orthodox Church architecture reveals that God is with men, dwelling in them and living in them through Christ and the Holy Spirit. It does so by using the dome or the vaulted ceiling to crown the Christian church building, the house of the Church which is the people of God. The dome, or the spacious, all-embracing ceiling, gives the impression that in the Kingdom of God, and in the Church, Christ "unites all things in Himself, things in heaven and things on earth", (Ephesians 1:10) and that in Him we are all "filled with all the fulness of God" (Ephesians 3:19).
Icons are symbols, not idols. Icons are venerated, not worshiped. When we venerate icons the honor is directed to Christ or to the Saint depicted on the icon, not to the wood, paint, or colors of the icon.
In the Orthodox Church the icons bear witness to the reality of God's presence with us in the mystery of faith. The icons are not just human pictures or visual aids to contemplation and prayer. They are the witnesses of the presence of the Kingdom of God to us, and so our own presence to the Kingdom of God in the Church. It is the Orthodox Faith that icons are not only permissible, but are spiritually necessary because "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14) Christ is truly man and, as man, truly the "icon of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15, I Corinthians 11:7, 2 Corinthians 4:4)
The power of icons is not mechanical or magical, but spiritual. It is a working of God's grace in the act of a personal expression of faith and through the intercessory prayers of the saints who live in God's glory. Icons teach us about Christ and His ministry, as well as about the saints and their record of faith. As sacred art, icons are windows into heaven: they seek to symbolize the transfigured cosmos and the victory of redeemed creation by the glory of Christ. In the words of St. John of Damascus: "The icon is a song of triumph, and a revelation, and an enduring witness to the victory of Saints".
5% of the festival's net proceeds to benefit Center for Domestic Peace
Center for Domestic Peace (C4DP) leads a comprehensive community effort to end the #1 violent crime in Marin County ”