E-shopping is Heavenly at MonasteryIcons.com

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With the Christmas season on the horizon, it's a good time to start looking for a web source for quality religious gifts. And MonasteryIcons.com is a great choice. Praised by Catholic Telecommunications as "one of the most beautiful websites in Christendom," it's the place to shop for hundreds of beautiful icons with the bright colors and English text that is Monastery Icons' signature style. The news is, it's gotten even better.

With the Christmas season on the horizon, it's a good time to start looking for a web source for quality religious gifts. And MonasteryIcons.com is a great choice. Praised by Catholic Telecommunications as "one of the most beautiful websites in Christendom," it's the place to shop for hundreds of beautiful icons with the bright colors and English text that is Monastery Icons' signature style. The news is, it's gotten even better.

This month Monastery Icons has redesigned their site for an even more pleasing and easy web shopping experience. The product categories are now sorted and sub-sorted to easy-to-scan groups, with product counts for each group. You can sort and view every product group by popularity and now even by price -- a great convenience for holiday shopping.

Since Monastery Icons has obviously put a lot of effort into broadening their selection of sacred gifts, this addition is a great help. Embossed icons from Russian, glass eggs, exquisite religious jewelry -- all are now easy to find and browse.

For those who prefer a "magazine format," their Virtual Catalog is also a welcome addition.

The site is also loaded with helpful and unique information. For example, you can browse their Patron Saints section to find out who is the patron saint of journalists (Saint Paul and Saint Francis de Sales). The Feature Articles section includes a time-lapse video that shows the step-by-step creation of an icon in less than two minutes. The "How an Icon is Painted" article shows photos of every step with a detailed explanation of the techniques and tools used at each stage.

"The History and Symbolism of Iconography" gives the history of iconography, from the first iconographer Saint Luke the Evangelist to the present. It also explains the purpose of icons and the significance behind the stylized elements of this art form.

To top it off, you can see an e-card of any icon -- an easy way to send a Christmas card.

Monastery Icons is a dba of Sacred Arts Foundation, a non-profit foundation created to strengthen faith and encourage Christian devotion in churches, schools, and individuals through a ministry of traditional Christian art. As the contemporary iconographer Photios Kontoglou expressed so well, "Icons raise the soul and mind to the realm of the spirit." The Foundation is a cooperative effort of artisans and craftsmen throughout the United States and the world who strive to make Monastery Icons products the highest quality available. For more information see http://www.monasteryicons.com.

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