Virgin Mary of Great Grace – Antique Painting Technique with gold leaf
Virgin Mary is affectionately holding Jesus in her arms. His hand is placed on the chin of Theotokos. The icon is handcrafted and covered with gold leafs. The halos of Virgin Mary and Christ are embossed and have been worked with great attention to detail.
Dimensions: 21×33 cm
Icon depicting Virgin Mary of Great Grace with gold leaf and handmade details!
The numerous churches and Monasteries which are dedicated to Virgin Mary saw the faith and reverence that Christians have to the face of the Mother of Christ. They are closely associated with her virtues and various miracles!
Our Lady of Tinos, Virgin Mary of Great Grace, protects every Greek and has repeatedly proved that She is the patron Saint our Nation!
Most people have identified Virgin Mary with the island of Tynos. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Tinos in order to see the miraculous icon of Theotokos from up close and ask help in order to combat their everyday problems.
Our Lady of Tinos (“The All-Holy Bringer of Good News”, and Μεγαλόχαρη της Τήνου, Megalócharē tēs Tēnou, “She of Great Grace”) is the major Marian shrine in Greece. It is located in the town of Tinos on the island of Tinos.
When is the icon celebrated?
The church is officially dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The major feast of the church, however, is on 15 August when the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) is commemorated by the Greek Orthodox Church, following the strong tradition of the Aegean Islands where the Dormition is grandly celebrated in mid-August as the principal summer feast.
The history of the Icon Virgin Mary of Great Grace
The icon was found on the very first days after the creation of the modern Greek State, henceforth Our Lady of Tinos was declared the patron saint of the Greek nation. The icon was at the time thought to be the handwork of St. Luke the Evangelist, a possibility that can neither be confirmed nor ruled out, and a nationwide fund collection was carried out for the building of a church to house it. The church, built in the Renaissance style, was inaugurated in 1830 and since then it constitutes the major Christian pilgrimage in Greece, equal to what is Lourdes in France or Fatima in Portugal. The church receives a vast number of donations in silver and gold votives each year; these are auctioned and used for charities.
The icon Virgin Mary of Great Grace – technique
Virgin Mary is affectionately holding Jesus in her arms. His hand is placed on the chin of Theotokos. The icon is handcrafted and covered with gold leafs. The antique painting technique that has been used for its creation adds extra charm to the icon. The halos of Virgin Mary and Christ are embossed and have been worked with great attention to detail. The handmade details make the form of Virgin Mary more vibrant than ever.
Dimensions: 21×33 cm