Virgin Mary the Gorgoepikoos (red)
50.00€ – 160.00€
This unique work of Byzantine art was crafted with the utmost fidelity on canvas and encraved wood, with a gold background and is coated with pure beeswax.
The best-known miraculous icon of the Holy Mountain Mount Athos, after Panagia Portaitissa. Virgin Mary the Gorgoepikoos is an ancient wall-painting of the Blessed Virgin. It is located on the outside of the eastern wall of the refectory, to the right of the entrance, in the Docheiariou Monastery. In 1664, the trapezares Neilos, heard a voice telling him: “Do not come past here with a torch, leaving smoke on my icon”. Neilos did not pay much attention to the voice, but it was soon heard again. The voice was imposing a punishment on the monk and leaving him blind. The brothers began to show great reverence in passing before the icon. They hung a perpetual lamp before it and burned incense before it every day. The blind Neilos spent all his time in a stall in front of the icon. He was praying to Virgin Mary to forgive him and heal him. His prayer was granted when, for the third time, a voice was heard from the icon which told Neilos that his supplication had been heard. The voice said that it was to her protection, after God, and her overshadowing guardianship. The monks should leave all their needs at her “hands”. She would hear them speedily, for her name is “Gorgoepikoos” (she who hears speedily).
Piece of art
This unique work of Byzantine art was crafted with the utmost fidelity on canvas and encraved wood, with a gold background and is coated with pure beeswax. Father Pefkis, has made this magnificent work in his workshop.