Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 27, 2014

In sacred color

Icons add spiritual dimension to Andover's Greek Orthodox church

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“In the Orthodox tradition, there is a very strong feeling that the church is the house of God and the place where His glory dwells,” Makiej said in a message to parishioners announcing the initiative. “For this reason, the church is seen as a sacred space, bearing witness to God’s indwelling among His people.”

Makiej, and his wife, Katerina, assisted in the design, coloring and layout of the icons. The actual artistry was left to the talented hands of George and Brunilda Rizaj Papastamatiou of Byzantine Artworks in Newton.

The pastor said the overall feel of the finished project is one of “simplicity and beauty.”

“I think it looks just beautiful ... it’s transformed, enhanced our worship space,” said Makiej, who added his sermons are now enlivened by the vivid color he sees when he looks out from the altar over the sanctuary, which holds 350 people.

“We now have surround sight with our surround sound ... and we love light and that comes in beautifully.”

The parish invites the public to view the new icons during its Divine Liturgy services on Sundays at 10 a.m.

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