Handmade Hagiography – Saint Fanourios | Mount Athos

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Saint Fanourios is one of the most beloved saints in all the Greek people, and the faithful invoke him with reverence. For many centuries he was unknown. The hagiography with Saint Fanourios is entirely crafted by a monk on Mount Athos. Buy one handmade hagiography and get one wooden neck cross from Mount Athos for free.
Dimensions: 10 x 14 x 1.5cm

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Handmade hagiography with Saint Fanourios

Saint Fanourios, this beloved saint, remained for many centuries unknown. He became known when his icon was accidentally found in the 14th century AD in Rhodes. There was an ancient temple with many damaged icons. Among them was the well-preserved icon on which the then Metropolitan of Rhodes Nile (1355-1369 AD) read the saint’s name “Saint Fano”.

In the icon, saint Fanourios was portrayed as a young soldier, holding a cross on his right hand, on which there was a lit candle. Around the picture there was a representation of his twelve martyrs.

Metropolitan Nile reconstructed, after many attempts, the ancient temple where the icon of Saint Fanourios was found. As it appears, Nile also drafted the saint’s sequence.

The special love, devotion and honor that the Christians surrounded St. Fanourios lead to be created different traditions, among which is the custom of Fanouropita, a sweet pie for the saint. Fanouropita is made on the eve of the saint’s feast. Believers offer the Fanouropita to be blessed by the priest during the saint’s vesper and then share it in the congregation.

Handmade hagiography: Characteristics

Hagiography with its symbolism reflects the wisdom of Orthodox tradition. The excellent details of the work of Mount Athos’ monk, who created this hagiography, are the ones that highlight its value.

The eyes of the face depicted are painted great and lively in relation to the rest of the face, thus revealing the intensity of the soul because they have seen great and superhuman events. Instead, the mouth is small to show his abstinence.


Buy one handmade hagiography and get one wooden neck cross from Mount Athos for free. More details about the wooden Athonite neck cross you can find here.


Dimensions: 10 x 14 x 1.5cm
Origin: Holly Cell of Archangels

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Weight 0.17 kg


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