Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) – Icon on naturally aged wood | Mount Athos

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An icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) on naturally aged wood from Mount Athos. This wood came from a renovated cell at Mount Athos. Every part of this cell is connected with the monks who lived there and carries within blessings and prayers from many years ago.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 22 x 2,5 cm

 

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Icon with Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing on naturally aged wood

The face of Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing (Glykofilousa) is always close to the face of her child. Christ is nesting inside her arms. His look turns to Virgin Mary while She turns her look to Jesus. Virgin Mary is Known by many different epithets that has been given to Her through the history of Orthodox Church. One of these names is Glykofilousa which means Sweet Kissing.

The original icon of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa was the property of Victoria, wife of the eikonomachos senator Symeon, who, in order to save it threw it into the sea. The icon, floating upright on the waves, reached the arsanas of the Monastery of Philotheou, where it was received with great honour and rejoicing by the Abbot and fathers of the Monastery, who had been warned of its advent by a revelation of the Theotokos. At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out.

Blessed wood that came out of Paradise

The wood that was used at this icon came from a renovated cell at Mount Athos and it has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. At Mount Athos there are dozens of cells and many of them are located there for centuries.

Renovation works are necessary to remain in good condition so monks can continue to live there. Every part of these cells is connected with the monks who lived there and carries within blessings and prayers from many years ago. Woods that used to be supporting beams in the past are now used for the creation of these collectible icons and they continue to carry the blessings of monks from Mount Athos.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 22 x 2,5 cm

 

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Weight0.7 kg

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