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Icon – The birth of Christ | Mount Athos Icon on naturally aged wood

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A unique icon that has been crafted on naturally aged wood that comes straight from a Mount Athos Cell and depicts the birth of Christ as well as the events that followed. In this collectible icon we can see the flee of Virgin Mary, Joseph and of the holy infant in Egypt as well as the slaughter of the innocents by King Herod.
Dimensions: 25,5 x 35,5 x 2,5 cm

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Icon depicting the Birth of Christ and the events that followed, crafted by Mount Athos Monk!

A unique icon that has been crafted on naturally aged wood that comes straight from a Mount Athos Cell and depicts the birth of Christ as well as the events that followed. In this collectible icon we can see the flee of Virgin Mary, Joseph and of the holy infant in Egypt as well as the slaughter of the innocents by King Herod.

The child-Christ and His mother are shown in a cave, surrounded by impossibly sharp, inhospitable, rocks which reflect the cruel world into which Jesus was born. The Gospels record that Joseph and Mary could not find a room at any inn when they came to take part in the census at Bethlehem, and so Jesus was laid in a manger, an animal’s feeding trough. Common to the time, animals were not sheltered in wooden barns, but in caves and recesses in the hills, and so this “stable” is shown in the Icon.

The shepherds and the angels on the icon of the Birth of Christ

The shepherds – people not regarded by anyone else – are the first to be given the Good News of Jesus’ birth. But they are also shown outside of the cave, still by their flocks. They too are not at Christ’s side yet.

Besides His mother, the only company Jesus Christ has in the first few hours of His earthly life are a lowly ox and donkey. This is the humility of God’s incarnation on earth.

The angels are glorifying God, tending to the action, and ministering: announcing the Good News to the shepherds, or singing.

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.

The handcrafted icon Birth of Christ is unique and its design can not be repeated!

 

Dimensions: 25,5 x 35,5 x 2,5 cm
Origin: Mount Athos

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Weight 1.25 kg

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