Saint Irene Chrysovalantou – Mount Athos icon on naturally aged wood
Saint Irene Chrysovalantou stood out for her beauty and her noble upbringing. She sold her belongings to help the poor and lived ascetically. She is depicted in a unique icon on naturally aged wood from Mount Athos.
Dimensions: 25 x 38 x 2,5 cm
Icon on naturally aged wood with Saint Irene Chrysovalantou
Saint Irene Chrysovalantou lived in the 9th century AD. in the years of Empress Theodora, who restored sacred icons.
Saint Irene was descended from Cappadocia. She was distinguished for her piousness as well as for her physical beauty and noble upbringing. These gifts attracted a distinguished man who asked Irene for marriage. Thus, Saint Irene tavelled for Constantinople. On the way, however, she passed from the monastery of Chrysovalantou. The encounter with the nuns attracted her so much that she made the decision to stay with them.
She returned to her home, sold her property to help poor people, while she donated the rest of the money to the monastery. She rejected the mundane and became a nun, living ascetic and holy life.
When the abbot of the monastery died, Irene, despite her refusal, was appointed her successor. As a reverend, she performed her duties perfectly. God, in fact, brought it with the prophetic and miraculous charisma. With her prayers she freed many of the demons. She sensed her death, which was peaceful.
The Church honors the memory of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou on July 28th.
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 handcrafted icon the Protection of the Mother of God is unique and its design can not be repeated!
The icon bears the seal Mount Athos on its back side.
Origin: Mount Athos
Dimensions: 25 x 38 x 2,5 cm