Awed by the Beauty

Fr. Patrick O’Rourke

In this session we will explore the tremendous effect of art in Orthodox Christian worship. By gathering bits from the world around us, and reordering them as aesthetic offerings to God, Orthodoxy seeks a right relationship with the material world. This balance expresses a unity between the physical and spiritual realities we experience. We will focus on the role of liturgical art – church-made beauty – in achieving this balance. What is the purpose of liturgical art, and what role does it play in our ongoing salvation?

Fr. Patrick O’Rourke studied art and journalism at Ohio State, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2009. He has studied with a master iconographer, is a John Jay Fellow at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia, and helped establish the popular web magazine the Orthodox Arts Journal. He has a Master’s of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Fr. Patrick is the Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle, NY. You can read some of Fr. Patrick’s articles on the Orthodox Arts Journal at: