Saint Demetrius Horseback | Mount Athos Icon on naturally aged wood
Saint Demetrius, the brave military, helped Nestor to defeat Lyeus with his faith. The hagiography of Saint Demetrius, the myrrh- streamer, is entirely crafted by a monk of Mount Athos. The wood of the icon has a long history. It comes straight from a renovated Athonite Cell which was used for the support of the building.
Dimensions: 30 x 25 x 2.5 cm
Mount Athos Icon depicting Saint Demetrius horseback that has been placed on naturally aged wood!
History of the Saint
Saint Demetrius was born between 280-284 AD. He was tortured during the time of the emperors Diocletian and Maximianus in 305 AD. He was the son of an aristocratic family in Thessaloniki. As a military, he quickly evolved into the ranks of the Roman army. His status as an officer did not prevent him from accepting the Orthodox faith and becoming Christian.
Emperor Diocletian issued a decree “Refusing Christianity”. Demetrius ignored it and was imprisoned in Thessaloniki. A young Christian named
Nestor was also in prison with Demetrius. The young man was going to face in the duel the awesome Gladiator Lyeus. The duel was predicted deadly for the Christian young man.
Nestor, before confronting Lyeus, visited Demetrius in his cell and asked for his help. Saint Demetrius gave him his wish. With the help of God and the faith of the two men, Nestor defeated Lyeus. The emperor was outraged and ordered both men, Nestor and Demetrius, to be killed.
The body of Saint Demetrius was buried in the place of his martyrdom, according to the authors of the greetings of Eustathios of Thessaloniki, Gregory Palamas and Demetrius Chrysoloras. His tomb was transformed into a deep shaft that breathes myrrh. From the myrrh that comes out of his tomb he also received the nickname Myrrh- streamer.
From all icons of Saint Demetrius, the one where he is depicted horseback is the most beloved because it embodies the Greek ideals of bravery and heroism.
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. On the back side of the icon two parallel cross – beams have been placed that support the image as well as leather hook in order for the hagiography to be hung on the wall.
The icon bears the seal Mount Athos on its back side.
The handcrafted icon of Saint Demetrius is unique and its design can not be repeated!
Origin: Mount Athos
Dimensions: 30 x 25 x 2.5 cm