SVOTS Orthodox Education Day October 6 to explore Judeo-Christian themes in literature


Enter the worlds of Narnia, Middle Earth, and Panem on Saturday, October 6, 2012 on the campus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here as the school celebrates its annual open house and fall festival, “Orthodox Education Day.”

This year’s theme—“Inklings of Glory: Godward Journeys with Lewis and Tolkien”—opens doors to literary treasures with Judeo-Christian themes, including the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and the blockbuster movie and phenomenal book, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

What can crowds expect?  Expert presentations about British authors Lewis and Tolkien; an icon exhibit of saints of the British Isles, with a special print display of icons by Sr. Joanna [Reitlinger], instructor of famed iconographers Fathers Gregory Krug and Leonid Ouspensky; Irish dancers from the Inishfree School of Irish Dance; book discussion groups for teens and young adults on The Hunger Games, and for older adults on The Abolition of Man; a concert of sacred music; and a children’s activity tent with games and handicrafts—plus fabulous international foods!

Services for the day will include Divine Liturgy, an Akathist dedicated to Saint Anna (served in front of the weeping icon of Saint Anna from Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA), a Memorial Service for departed loved ones, and Vespers.  His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, will preside at the liturgical services.  As usual, the chapel and campus bookstore will be open to the public throughout the day.

Admission to the grounds is free; directions and a full program schedule may be viewed here.