Spring Hill College to host Eastern Christian iconography lecture and Lenten Moleben service Feb. 18

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 11:15am
Michael Paul Tisma

MOBILE, Ala. – Michael Paul Tisma from Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Parish in Atlanta will present the Christus Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the Gautrelet Room at Spring Hill College. The lecture, “Iconography in the Christian Tradition: A Window to the Kingdom,” is hosted by the Christus Theological Institute in conjunction with the College. Following the presentation, using an English version of Slavic chant melodies, the Moleben to Jesus, the Lover of Mankind, will be celebrated from 8 to 8:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel.

The lecture will focus on the essentials of iconographic tradition in Eastern Christianity: a brief biblical explanation and historical background; a definition of its religious principles founded on the “enfleshment” of Jesus Christ; an analysis of classical icons as viewed through the symbolism and color schemes which unify their Christocentric message and depiction; and an examination of the sacred images which speak about God who became man so that man may be transfigured into the Divine.

Tisma, a Ruthenian Byzantine Rite Catholic, is principal coordinator of parish adult education at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church in Roswell, Ga. He has also served for the last 25 years as parish cantor and liturgical and musical advisor.  He is currently in formation for the Holy Diaconate for the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic at Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary. During more than 20 years of travel throughout Eastern Europe he has assembled a vast collection of icons of various traditions and has presented numerous talks on iconography.

A Moleben is a traditional service, developed by the Slavic churches of the Byzantine Rite, with chants and prayers of supplication, intercession or thanksgiving, in honor of our Lord, the Mother of God or some particular saint.

Housed at Spring Hill College, the Christus Theological Institute is a grassroots consortium of Mobile Bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of our Christian faith.

The event is open to the public and the cost to attend is $2, except for Christus Theological Institute members. For more information on this and upcoming Christus events, contact the Theology Department at (251) 380-4458 or christus@shc.edu.