Saint Cosmas of Aetolia
According to the tradition he is ascetic, wrapped up in his robe, with a monastic cap covering his head and a stick in his hand.
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Cosmas of Aetolia (or Patrokosmas “Father Cosmas”) was a monk in the Greek Orthodox Church and an important figure in the Greek Enlightenment. Saint Cosmas, the “Equal to the Apostles,” was officially proclaimed a Saint by the Orthodox Church of Constantinople on 20 April 1961. His feastday is celebrated on August 24, the date of his martyrdom. According to the tradition he is ascetic, wrapped up in his robe, with a monastic cap covering his head and a stick in his hand. He was born in 1714 in Aitolia to a father who was a weaver and a devout mother. He attended public schools, but was tutored by an archdeacon.
After a time, he felt a calling to do missionary work in Greece, especially in the remote areas where there was a lack of churches and priests for the many unbaptized adults. As an aftermath of four centuries of Turkish oppression in Greece, Kosmas received the patriarchal blessing to travel wherever needed, for however long, with complete independence, to breathe life back into Christianity in Greece. The Muslims tried him on charges of conspiracy and sentenced him to hang in August 1779 in Albania. However, one account reports that he prayed and gave up his spirit before this could occur.
The lithographic icon of St. Cosmas has been placed by the monks who live at the Holy Hut of St. George on Mount Athos, in a wood derivative that has been worked with wax and resin. By applying high temperature, the wood took this particular shape and its distinctive black color. This unique work of Byzantine art has been coated with gloss varnish in order to remain unchanged over time.
|Dimensions||14 x 20 cm|