• Gold & silver foiled Icon mounted on 1/8" thick wood.
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    This 16th century icon is a part of a celebrated set of festal icons showing important events in the life of Jesus plus a few other renowned feasts of the year.  It was painted by George the Cretan for the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou on Mount Athos, and together they are known to be great examples of Post-Byzantine Greek iconographic art.  This icon is the first of that set of icons.

    The Nativity of the Virgin Mary came about in a wonderful manner.  After SS Joachim and Anna had been married for fifty years without having a child, which was a source of great shame in Israel at that time, they often prayed to God to give them this great blessing in their life and take away this shame.  The great Archangel Gabriel appeared to both St. Anna and to St. Joachim separately advising them that they would have a most special child  “a daughter most blessed....through whom will come the salvation of the world.”    Shortly afterwards, St. Anna did conceive the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Because of their vows to God regarding this child, they brought her to the Temple as  a gift to God when she was only three, where she remained until she was 14, fed by an angel.

  • Nativity of Christ
    Nativity of Christ Icon. This icon contains the central icon of the Nativity (Virgin and Child) with surrounding scenes of the events of the Nativity. 8 3/4"x7 1/4." Made In Russia.
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    This mid-14th c. icon was done in a.d. 1365 in the time of Archbishop Gregory Devolski at Ochrid, Macedonia.  The small figure of the Virgin Mary can be seen in the midst of other virgins who accompanied her to the Temple to fulfill the vow of her parents SS Joachim and Anna to dedicate this most precious gift back to the service of the Lord when she was just three years old.  The priest Zacharias, later the father of the John the Baptist, receives this pure flower of humanity and brings her in Divine inspiration into the Holy of Holies of the Temple where only the High Priest himself is supposed to go once a year, and not without blood.

    Harmoniously, human wills are united with the Divine Will and with the wondrous plan for Mankind for the preparation of the most pure Virgin Mary to receive nearly a dozen years later the Incarnate God in her womb, the new tabernacle and throne of God on earth.   Each face here is peaceful and loving as all unite in love to do God’s sweet Will on earth for the impending Mystery.  Above we see here an angel later feeding the Virgin in the Temple, as icons often show simultaneous spiritual time.

    Sizes are approximate

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    Shimmering with bright reds, greens, and golds, this icon is the work of the master and most famous Russian iconographer, St. Andrei Rublev.  Each iconographer paints images on receptive medium to accept and maintain the divine forms revealed to us from the Blessed Kingdom Which can know no end.  The Creative Will of God opens by this revelation a glimpse into Eternal verities, and by this vision of form, changes us as we behold such timeless and yet interactive beauty, giving gladness from on high when our hearts are turned to Him in love.

    In a similar way, the interior canvas of the iconographer can be the medium that God works His Image and Likeness into active and vibrant form, for truly this art is not just earthly, but Heavenly and transfigurative.  Some mediums are more receptive than others, and here we see the remarkable spirituality and transcendence of St. Andrei Rublev’s icons which mark them out from even other great icons.  We see the man himself, too, as a saint filled with holiness expressing such Godliness in his figures of God and  human bodies.  O Holy Father St. Andrei, pray to God for us!!

    Sizes are approximate

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