Saint Paisios, Saint Arsenios & Saint Euphemia | Mount Athos Icon on naturally aged wood
Saint Paisios, saint Arsenios and saint Euphemia are portrayed in a piece of wood with a long history. It comes from Mount Athos where the holy elder of our time lived ascetically. The wood of the icon supported as a beam a deserted sacred cell until it was refurbished. Then the monks saw in it its new use and turned it into a unique icon.
Dimensions: 33 x 25 x 2,5 cm
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Icon on naturally aged wood with Saint Paisios, saint Arsenios & saint Euphemia
Saint Paisios the Hagiorite (Arsenios Enepides) was widely known for his life and asceticism. After his death the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew began his holy process and was ranked Paisios Saint of the Orthodox Church by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on January 13, 2015. The Church celebrates its memory on July 12th.
Saint Paisios lived in the last years of his life in the cell of Panagouda, which he found abandoned. There he worked hard with a crowd of people who visited him by offering spiritual help with his prayers and teachings. At the same time, he continued his intense ascetic life to the point where he would rest a little every day. But he continued to accept and try to help the visitors. He also used to make “stamped” icons as a handiwork which he gave visitors as a blessing.
This unique icon depicts the holy figure of saint Paisios, along with Saint Arsenios, with whom they had strong spiritual bond, as well as with Saint Euphemia. Saint Paisios had the special blessing, thanks to his warm faith and prayer, to receive in his cell the visit of Saint Euphemia. When the saint first thinks that it is tempting, he placed Saint Euphemia to worship the Holy Trinity. Then Saint Euphemia sat down near the elder Paisios and told him about her life and her martyrdom.
Wood that came out of Paradise
In the earthly Paradise, Mount Athos, this wood lived for many years. It served as a beam in an old cell roof that was refurbished. The monks saw this future use as an icon. They cut and carefully preserved the wood by methods known in Mount Athos from the maintenance of the wooden temple. They placed two parallel traverses on the back of the wood and a leather hanging hat. On the front was placed the icon of Saint Paisios on canvas and the embossed relief halo.
Dimensions: 33,5 x 25 x 2,5 cm