St. Vladimir’s Festival October 6th Explores Judeo-Christian Themes in Literature


YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] Enter the worlds of Narnia, Middle Earth, and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem on Saturday, October, 6, 2012 on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 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 but not exclusive to: 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 and their influence on each other’s works; an icon exhibit of saints of the British Isles, with a special print display of icons by Sr. Joanna [Reitlinger], instructor of famed iconographers Fr. Gregory Krug and Leonid Ouspensky; an Irish dancer from the Inishfree School of Irish Dance; book discussion groups for teens, young adults, and older adults; a concert of sacred music; and a children’s activity tent, with games and handicrafts to keep youngsters happy—plus fabulous international foods to keep everyone’s palate happy!

Services for the day will include Divine Liturgy, an Akathist dedicated to St. Anna (served in front of the weeping icon of St. Anna from St. Tikhon’s Monastery), a Panikhida (memorial service) for departed loved ones, and Vespers. As usual, our chapel and campus bookstore will be open to the public throughout the day.

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