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Long before the advent of multimedia, before television and moving pictures and graphic news in real-time, the Eastern Church taught and prayed with sacred pictures. These pictures are known as “icons.” The Greek Rite of the Church is a living treasure of worship. This book is an exposition of that lived treasure, embodied today in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in upstate New York.

The beautiful and rugged hardcover includes: glorious full-color photography and rich explanations of the Twelve Great Feasts, many favorite saints and angels; a comprehensive glossary of iconography; and much more!

Author Matthew Gaul lovingly and intelligently explains each of the stunning icons present within the church of St. Nicholas, which are representative of icons in Greek-rite churches. Gaul explains the initial reaction a modern American would have when confronted with the overwhelming beauty of Eastern Christian iconography:

“When I first arrived at St. Nicholas, I felt hesitant and even unworthy, for the presence of God was so obvious and arresting that I almost did not know how to handle it. It was an honor simply to be let in the door.”

Rich in full-color images from the church, Tales of Glory is a story of sacrifice and redemption, ever-new for the faithful today. Turn the pages and enter into another world.



Matthew W. Gaul received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1998 from Plattsburgh State University. He is a devotee of iconography, ancient numismatics, and surprising turns-of-phrase. Raised Latin (Roman) Catholic, he has practiced in the Eastern Church since 2003. Matthew writes to bring the splendor of Byzantine iconography to a modern world thirsting for meaning and beauty.



St. Nicholas Catholic Church uses the Greek (Byzantine) Rite, and is of Ukrainian tradition. The parish rejoices in and promotes its cultural heritage, while also inviting all people to partake of the rich banquet of Eastern Catholic spirituality in English and Ukrainian. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, and celebrated its centennial year in 2007.