Saint Patrick’s Day

Hello Iconographers:

The winner of the Saint Patrick competition was Starr Regan Diurcio who sent in the prayer ” The Deer’s Cry”. According to Lady Augusta Gregory, Patrick made this hymn one time when he was going to preach the Faith at Teamhuir, and his enemies lay in hiding to make an attack on him as he passed. But as he himself and his servant Benen went by, all they could see passing was a wild deer and a fawn. And the Deer’s Cry is the name of this hymn this patrick
The Deer’s Cry:
I bind myself today to a strong strength, to a calling the Trinity. I believe in a threeness with confession a oneness in the Creator of the World.

I bind myself today to the strength of Christ’s birth and his baptism;to the strength of his crucifixion and burial;to the strength of his resurrection with his ascension.

In stability of earth, in steadfastness of rock, I bind myself today to God’s strength to copilot me;
God’spower to uphold me;God’s wisdom to guide me;God’s eye to look before me; God’s ear to hear me;
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
From all who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in a multitude.

Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ to shield me,
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me.

Amen and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Just one more thing to mention here is the Icon writing workshop of Russian Iconographer Philip Davydov

Which I think will be excellent. Let me know if you’re thinking of going!


The registration is open.
Course schedule: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Monday 30th of March – Friday 3rd of April 2015

Location: Holy Trinity Church Parish hall,
Saint Mary’s City, MD, USA

See Saint Mary’s City on Google maps >>

Housing possibilities: see the bottom of the page.

Payment options:
To reserve a space, you can pay full cost of the workshop – $480, or $100 as a non refundable deposit, using the button below. The rest $480 can be paid by Paypal, check or cash upon arrival.

Only for the US residents now, we open a possibility for check deposits. In case, if you wish to make the registration payment by check, please, make it payable to Filipp Davydov and mail to our very good friend Fr. John Ball: St. Mary’s Parish, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

Registration payments will be refunded in full if the workshop is canceled due to lack of participation. Space is limited, so sign up today! Students will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Blessings and  prayers,


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Michael Hales

Michael- Mick-Hales is a chaplain in South West Florida as well as a world class photographer. His photography website is: where you will see many of his beautiful photos of gardens and architecture.

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