... a fund raising idea for your parish.
CLEVELAND – Iconographer Ilya Kuriakin, working in St. Vladislav Parish here, has pitched a fundraising technique to the parish council that might just revolutionize the prevalence and practice of iconography across the United States. ... [he]is offering parishioners and others a chance to memorialize the noted and notorious in its figures.
“It’s not much different from selling brass plaques on pews,” said Dean (St. Dimitri the Many-I’d) Brunhoffer, parish council president, “and much less flagrant.”
Here’s the price list:
* Loved one among the righteous – $50
* Representation of disliked professional class among hell-bound sinners – $100
* Specific face among hell-bound sinners – $200
* Having specific face NOT included among hell-bound sinners – $500
Interest has been very lively for the various placements, and several people have already paid to have their least favorite legislator painted among the unrighteous. Kuriakin has also received photographs and $500 checks from several people inside and outside the parish who apparently think there’s a danger of appearing among the naughty rather than the nice. [source]
h/t Byzantine Texas