Archangels Michael & Gabriel | Mount Athos Icon on naturally aged wood
Angels are the messengers of God and praise Him as the creator of the world. Archangels Michael and Gabriel are the leaders of the angelic hosts and are depicted in a collectible icon that comes straight from a renovated Athonite Cell.
Dimensions: 26 x 26 x 2.5cm
Archangels Michael & Gabriel the messengers of God!
Angels were created as messengers of God. The Scriptures reveal that God created nine orders of angels; Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Archangels, and Angels. From this order come the familiar seven Archangels which include Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and the fallen Lucifer.
The Archangel Michael is the outstanding figure in the eyes of the Orthodox Church. He is depicted, in many houses of worship, by an icon always on the extreme left of the iconostasis, where he is pictured as a guardian of Paradise from whence Adam and Eve were evicted. In some icons he is seen with a flaming sword as a symbol of the righteousness that called for the casting out of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden after they had fallen victim to Satan who appeared to them in the form of a serpent.
Among other things, it was the Archangel Michael who was sent by God to cancel the command of God Himself, that Abraham sacrifice the life of his own son Isaac. Archangel Michael was also the messenger who warned Lot to flee from the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Archangel Michael’s involvement with mankind is shown in other ways, including his protection of Jacob from the wrath of his brother Esau over a matter of inheritance. The Scriptures also tell us that it was Michael who battled with the Devil for the soul of Moses after the founder of the Israel nation passed away. The Devil staked his claim on the soul of the great Moses, on the basis that Moses had killed an Egyptian prior to the Exodus. But the defence of the monumental figure of the Bible by Michael, saved the soul of Moses from the clutches of Satan. We are further told that it was Michael who stood by Joshua during his first encounter with his enemies in the land of Canaan.
At the other end of the iconostasis in the Orthodox Churches, the Icon of St. Gabriel is depicted, seeming like twin sentinel with Michael over all mankind. Gabriel’s name is synonymous with redemption, particularly since he was chosen to be sent by God to bring the electrifying news to the Virgin Mary that she was about to become the mother of God. What happened later changed the course of history and brought the promise of the deliverance of man through Jesus Christ. On the left is the symbol of guilt, on the right, the symbol of salvation and between those can be seen the inspiring spiritual greats who have woven an enduring fabric to clothe all mankind and to keep him from exposures that are life threatening.
Archangels Michael & Gabriel are honored with a feast day on November 8.
Blessed Wood that came out of Heaven!
Mount Athos Monks deeply appreciate the historical and spiritual significance of the place where they live. They try to use everything around them for the glory of God.
Even perishable materials that seemed to have no use in the past are now utilized by Greek Orthodox Monks. Thus, old woods that are found after the renovation of Holy Cells are used thanks to the wisdom of Greek Orthodox Monks.
Woods that used to be supporting beams in the past are now used for the creation of these collectible icons.
They continue to carry the Athonite blessing of Mount Athos since they come straight from this holy place.
Thanks to Mount Athos Exhibition, these collectible icons can be found in the hands of cosmic people who are now able to purchase real treasures of unique spiritual value.
Monks tend to accompany their work with prayers while the creation of these unique works of Byzantine art is one of their daily occupations.
Blessed Mount Athos Woods – Preservation
The wood has been carefully cut and preserved by Greek Orthodox Monks. On the back side of the icon two parallel cross – beams have been placed that support the image as well as leather hook in order for the hagiography to be hung on the wall.
The icon bears the seal Mount Athos on its back side.
The handcrafted icon of Archangels Michael and Gabriel is unique and its design can not be repeated!
Origin: Mount Athos
Dimensions: 26 x 26 x 2.5cm