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Saints Joseph the Hesychast & Ephraim Katounakiotis – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood | Mount Athos

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The special characteristic of this icon is the naturally aged wood the monk used which comes from a renovated cell. A beautiful icon with the representations of Saints Joseph the Hesychast & Ephraim Katounakiotis.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 25,5 x 35,5 x 2,5 cm

 

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Description

Icon with Saints Joseph the Hesychast & Ephraim Katounakiotis on Naturally Aged Wood

Elder Joseph the Hesychast was a monk and elder on Mount Athos. He reposed in 1959, and he has wide acclaim for being the spiritual father or grandfather of Elders Ephrem of Philotheou, Joseph of Vatopedi, Charalampus of Dionysiou and others, who are directly credited for revitalising six of the twenty monasteries on Mount Athos. In October 2019, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople officially recognized Elder Joseph and four other holy monks, Elder Hieronymus of Simonopetra, Elder Daniel and Ephraim of Katounakia, and Elder Sophrony of Essex, as saints of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Saint Ephraim Katounakiotis lived in Katounakia of Mount Athos for sixty five years. After almost fifty years of ascetic life in the wilderness of Katounakia he came out for the first time due to illness. Monks that knew him used to say that he was not known to people but he was known to God. Once he was in his cell he had a vision of God. He saw three lights, the Holy Trinity, inside his cell and then the light embraced him.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

This naturally aged wood that was used at the icon with the representations of Saints Joseph the Hesychast & Ephraim Katounakiotis came from a renovated cell from Mount Athos which has suffered many damages through years. Renovation works were necessary to remain in good condition so monks can continue to live there. Monks are replacing doors, window shutters or ceiling beams but they are keeping the pieces of wood so they can reuse them. They are cutting and processing the wood with excellent techniques so they can use it later for their artworks such as these icons. These pieces of wood are part of the history of Mount Athos. So monks reuse them and they are giving us a small piece of this history.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 25,5 x 35,5 x 2,5 cm

Additional information

Weight1.45 kg