Icon with Silver – Virgin Mary Axion Esti | Father Pefkis
Virgin Mary Axion Estin is one of the most renowned icons on Mount Athos. It stands in the high place of the altar of the katholikon (main church) of Karyes on Mount Athos. In this unique depiction, the icon is adorned with silver 925o & stands out with its handmade details which are made by father Pefkis graduate of the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy on Mount Athos and famous Greek hagiographer!
Dimensions: 18 x 23.5 cm
Icon with pure Silver 925o depicting Virgin Mary Axion Esti
Panagia Axion Estin (Greek: Άξιον εστίν), or ‘It is Truly Meet’, the name given to the icon of the Virgin Mary before which, according to tradition, the hymn of Axion Estin was revealed. In this unique depiction, the icon is decorated with silver 925o & covered with pure beeswax in order for its colors to remain unchanged over the passage of time.
Miracles associated with the Holy Icon of Virgin Mary Axion Esti
According to tradition, an elder and his disciple lived in a cell on Mount Athos. One Saturday night the elder left to attend the All-Night Vigil in the Protaton of Karyes. He told his disciple to chant the service alone. That evening an unknown monk who called himself Gabriel, came to the cell, and they began the Vigil together.
During the ninth ode of the canon (the Magnificat), the disciple began to sing “My soul magnifies the Lord…” with the Irmos of St. Cosmas the Hymnographer (October 14), “More honorable than the Cherubim…” The stranger sang the next verse, “For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden…” Then he chanted something the disciple had never heard before, “It is truly meet to bless Thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God.” Then he continued with, “More honorable than the Cherubim…
When the disciple asked the visiting monk to write the words of the new hymn down, he took a roof tile and wrote on it with his finger, as though the tile were made of wax. The disciple knew then that this was no ordinary monk, but the Archangel Gabriel. At that moment the angel disappeared, but the icon of the Mother of God continued to radiate light for some time afterward.
Icon of Axion Esti – the protector of the Holy Mountain!
The Eleousa (“merciful”) icon of the Virgin Mary, before which the hymn “It Is Truly Meet” was first chanted, was transferred to the katholikon (main church) at Karyes, known as the Protaton. The tile, with the hymn written on it, was taken to Constantinople when St. Nicholas II Chrysoberges was Patriarch (984-996).
Since that time the icon has been considered the protector of the Holy Mountain and its holiest object.
The icon is commemorated by the Church on June 11 and July 13. The appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk on Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn “It Is Truly Meet…” is commemorated by the Church on June 11.
Icon of Virgin Mary Axion Esti made of pure silver by father Pefkis
The silver icon of Axion Esti is a byzantine representation which stands out with its handmade details in a unique artwork which is made by father Pefkis, graduate of the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy of Mount Athos!
Dimensions: 18×23 cm
Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop