Saint Sophia | Mount Athos icon on naturally aged wood
Mount Athos Icon Saint Sophia has been crafted with outmost fidelity to the prototype. The icon has been placed on wood that comes straight from a renovated Athonite Cell. It is a creation of a hagiographer – Monk who lives on the Garden of Virgin Mary and carries his blessings!
Dimensions: 26 x 33 x 2.5 cm
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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
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 Saint Sophia is unique and its design can not be repeated!
The icon bears the seal Mount Athos on its back side.
Origin: Mount Athos
Dimensions: 26 x 33 x 2.5 cm