Lithograhy • Hagiography Saint Sophia and her three daughters
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Lithography Saint Sophia has been crafted with outmost fidelity to the prototype. It has been handcrafted and is covered with pure beeswax in order to remain unchanged over time passage. It strictly follows the Athonite style.
Origin: Mount Athos
Saint Sophia and her three daughters – The Life of the Saint
The Holy Martyrs Saint Sophia and her Daughters Faith, Hope and Love were born in Italy. Their mother was a pious Christian widow who named her daughters for the three Christian virtues. Faith was twelve, Hope was ten, and Love was nine. Saint Sophia raised them in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Sophia and her daughters did not hide their faith in Christ, but openly confessed it before everyone.
The emperor subjected Saint Sophia to grievous tortures: the mother was forced to watch the suffering of her daughters. She displayed adamant courage, and urged her daughters to endure their torments for the sake of the Heavenly Bridegroom. All three maidens were beheaded, and joyfully bent their necks beneath the sword.
In order to intensify Saint Sophia’s inner suffering, the emperor permitted her to take the bodies of her daughters. She placed their remains in coffins and loaded them on a wagon. She drove beyond the city limits and reverently buried them on a high hill. Saint Sophia sat there by the graves of her daughters for three days, and finally she gave up her soul to the Lord. Even though she did not suffer for Christ in the flesh, she was not deprived of a martyr’s crown. Instead, she suffered in her heart. Believers buried her body there beside her daughters.
Lithography Saint Sophia
Using a lithographed copy of Byzantine art, Nectarios Nestos created the artwork depicting Saint Christina according to the traditional method of artificial aging that was taught to him on Mount Athos. In this unique hagiography he has paid special attention to the handcrafted details. Connoisseur of the Byzantine art, the hagiographer creates multicolored lithographs that are available exclusively via the Mount Athos Products Exhibition.
Origin: Mount Athos