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Orthodox Icon of Theotokos "Portaitissa" or Panagia Portaitissa in Silk screen.
This icon is made with the special technique of silkscreen on a real gold foil. During the Iconoclast period where the government tried to destroy icons a widow took an icon of the Mother of God and cast it into the sea to save it. One evening the monks of the Iveron Monastery on Mt. Athos beheld a pillar of light, shining upon the sea like the sun.
This lasted for several days. It was miraculously retrieved by one of the monks who walked out on the water to retrieve it. It was set on the ground and a spring burst forth. They took the icon to the church but the next day they found it at the monastery gate. The monks returned it to the church and agin the next day they found it near the gate. Seeing the special nature of this icon they joyously built a chapel next to the gate of the monastery for the icon.
The icon came to be known as the Portaitissa or the Iveron Theotokos. This miraculous Iveron Icon is know for its many miracles that have taken place and continue to take place throughout the world.
Annunciation of Theotokos Icon(SSC)
Byzantine icon of Annunciation (Evangelismos, of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
Commemorated March 25.
This beautiful icon is made with the specific technique of silkscreen on real gold foil. This Orthodox icon depicts the Archangel Gabriel (left), and the Virgin Mary (right). Gabriel is shown with his feet apart indicating the joy and urgency of his message. The staff he holds in his hand is to symbolize that he is a messenger of God. He extends his right hand towards Mary as a blessing from God. The virgin Mary stands in an elevated place indicating that she is greater in honor than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim, who without corruption gave birth to God the Word.
She holds in her right hand spindle of scarlet yarn indicating her task of making the veil for the Temple in Jerusalem. Her raised right hand is an indication of her acceptance of the message brought by Gabriel and her stance shows her willingness to cooperate with God. On her clothing are three stars symbolizing that she was a virgin before , during and after the birth of Christ. At the top we can see a circle which indicated the Divine realm and the descent of the Holy Spirit acting on her. On this feast day we celebrate not only the work of God's plan for our salvation through the Incarnation of Christ, but also the human response of Mary who with voluntary obedience accepted the role God gave her.
Dormition of Theotokos Icon(SP)
Orthodox Icon of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in silver plated (SP).
Silver-plated icon of the Dormition of Theotokos on specific paper, with decoration.Silver-plated icons are made with the latest and very specific technique. The icon is a copy of a hand painted icon and the background is silver 958.
The Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Theotokos commemorates the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ's mother. There are no relics of the Theotokos that have ever been mentioned throughout history. Christ, standing behind the Theotokos, is Christ. He holds in His left arm an infant in white, symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos reborn in her glory in heaven. On either side of the bier are the Apostles; On the right is St. Peter and on the right is St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier.
Dormition of Theotokos Icon(SSC)
Byzantine icon of the Dormition of Theotokos or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ.
Commemorated August 15.
This Orthodox icon is made with the specific technique of silkscreen on real gold foil. The Feast of the Dormition commemorates the repose (dormition - kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos. Christ is shown holding a baby wrapped in white clothes and this symbolizes the soul of the Mother of God being taken up to heaven. Peter and Paul are shown on either side of the bier surrounded by the Apostles. There is no historical record of the relics of the Theotokos. u00a0Orthodox Christians believe she was resurrected and is with Christ in heaven. More on the Dormition of the Theotokos
George Icon (SP)
Orthodox Icon of Saint George the Greatmartyr (SP).
Commemorated April 23.
Silver-plated icon of Saint George on a special paper, with decoration. Silver-plated icons are made with the latest and very specific technique. The icon is a copy of a hand painted icon and the background is silver 958.u00a0 NOTICE: The colors of the icons seems little darker, because of the reflection in the scanner. Saint George was a soldier in the roman army.u00a0By his late 20s, George was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and stationed as an imperial guard of the Emperor.u00a0In AD 302, Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George refused to offer a sacrifice and declared he dod not do so because he was a Christian. George was a highly decorated officer and was respected by the other soldiers so he had great influence on them.u00a0The Emperor made many offers to change his mind, but George never accepted.u00a0After many varied tortures, George was beheaded before Nicomedia's city wall, on April 23, 303. More on the Life of Saint George