St. James Cathedral is fortunate to possess a wide array of icons, the work of Cathedral iconographer Joan Brand-Landkamer.  The icons, based on traditional Russian iconography, represent the central mysteries of faith and the feasts of the Church year.  Each Sunday, one of the icons is carried in procession at the Cathedral, and placed on a stand for viewing by the faithful.

The first icon Brand-Landkamer “wrote” for the Cathedral was the Icon of the Annunciation of the Lord.  Mary turns from her work (she holds a spindle) to receive the message of the angel.  Local details are incorporated into the classic style of the icon:  an image of St. James, the Cathedral’s patron, and of the Cathedral towers, in the upper right-hand corner.

Other icons incorporate portraits of parishioners at St. James and leaders of the Church in Seattle and beyond.  In this icon of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, you can find Mother Teresa, Mother Cabrini, and Pope John Paul II, as well as Archbishop Brunett, Bishop George Thomas, Archbishop Murphy, and many more.

The icon of the crucifixion, based on the San Damiano Cross associated with St. Francis of Assisi, is used at the weekly ecumenical prayer with music from Taizé.