Hagiography – Virgin Mary Myrtidiotissa | Father Pefkis

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Virgin Mary Myrtidiotissa, one of the many names of Theotokos, is a distinct picture. The Virgin Mary is depicted between myrtle trees, from the point where her original icon was found in Kythera, Greek island, while angels keep an imposing crown over her head.

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Hagiography with Virgin Mary Myrtidiotissa

The nicknames attributed to the Virgin Mary are so many. They are related to its virtues and the innumerable wonders it performs over the centuries. Virgin Mary Myrtidiotissa is closely tied to the Greek island of Kythira, where the original icon was found.

According to tradition, the original icon of the Virgin Mary was found in the 13th century AD. by a shepherd in a valley southwest of the island full of myrtle trees, called “Myrtida”. From there the Virgin Mary received the name Myrtidiotissa.

It is most likely that the original icon with Panagia Myrtidiotissa was created by the Evangelist Luke in the 1st century AD. At the place where the shepherd found the icon of the Virgin Mary, he built a small chapel and devoted the rest of his life to his care.

Virgin Mary Myrtidiotissa is portrayed holding her left hand in Jesus in her arms. Her right hand extends to an attitude of obedience. She wears a purple mantle that strengthens the Byzantine magnificence of the image. Angels of the Lord hold a majestic crown over her head. At the bottom of the picture are depicted the myrtle trees where the original icon of Virgin Mary Myrtidiotissa was found.

The Church celebrates Panagia Myrtidiotissa on September 24th.

Hagiography: Characteristics

The icon with Panagia Myrtidiotissa has been crafted in the Byzantine icon workshop of Father Pefki and bears his signature, which also means the authenticity of this copy, which thus bears the seal of the tradition of Mount Athos.

Hagiography has been crafted with excellent quality materials in natural wood. The painted surface is covered with a pure beeswax to keep it intact with bright colors.

The Byzantine workshop of Father Pefkis, since 1980, deals with the production of copies of portable images of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period in accordance with the Athonite style.

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