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Our icons are made of solid, natural limewood, and have been prepared by hand using traditional methods and organic materials. he background is composed of 22 karat gold leaves that are meticulously applied by hand, piece by piece. All iconography themes are reproduced according to museum print standards. We offer several collections of Holy Icons, featuring Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and many Saints and Archangels.

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Day of Mourning

As declared by Archbishp Elpidophoros, July 24 is designated as a day of mourning, following the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. At 12 noon CST, during the time of the first Muslim prayers, the Orthodox churches and community around the world will be chanting the Akathist Hymn, depicted in the icon below. 

Theotokos of the Akathist - Athonite
Theotokos of the Akathist - Athonite
Theotokos of the Akathist - Athonite
Theotokos of the Akathist - Athonite
Theotokos of the Akathist - Athonite
Theotokos of the Akathist - Athonite

Theotokos of the Akathist

Regular price $470.00

The Story Behind This Icon:

The oldest and perhaps one of the most treasured icons of all on Mount Athos, Greece is that of the Theotokos of the Akathist.

The original icon is made of beeswax and mastic (an aromatic resin that exudes from the bark of a Mediterranean tree) along with myrrh. On the back side, the following is written: “This is the miraculous Icon which Patriarch Sergios held whilst circling the walls of Constantinople and which ridded the city of the barbarian siege and was donated to the Monastery of Dionysiou by Emperor Alexios.”

In the year 626, the Christian Capital of Constantinople was in danger and surrounded by barbarians. The Patriarch Sergius led the faithful around the walls of the City praying and singing for the Theotokos intercession throughout the night; as a result to those prayers, the City was saved. Among the prayers offered were 24 verses of Salutations to the Theotokos, which were then given the name “Akathist” (not sitting) in remembrance of how the faithful had stood in reverence and fervent prayer all night.

Those 24 verses are depicted on the icon with 24 small images/scenes surrounding the Theotokos sitting on a throne, giving a visual expression to the Akathist Hymn. The first letter of each verse of the Akathist Hymn corresponds to the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet, starting from “A” and ending to “Ω”.

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This icon is made of solid, natural limewood (Tilia) that has been prepared by hand using traditional methods and organic materials. The background is comprised of 22 Karat gold leaves that were meticulously applied by hand, piece by piece.  

All of our icons are reproduced according to museum print standards and are authentic replicas of Holy Icons from Mount Athos and elsewhere. 

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From the moment you first hold your Holy Icon, you will see the exquisite details that bear truth to the meticulous preparation and creation of the image, as well as feel the depth and weight of the solid wood upon which it is portrayed. One of our larger icon dimensions (11.8" x 15.7"/30 x 40 cm) weighs more than 5 pounds! 

Because we value quality even in the details, your Holy Icon will be shipped in luxury packaging and can be presented as a gift for a friend or family member.

Dimension: 11.8" x 17.7" (30 x 45 cm)

Width Weight Style
Backside Braces
1.8" (4.5 cm) 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) Recessed Wood

Dimension: 13" x 19.7" (33 x 50 cm)

Width Weight Style
Backside Braces
1.8" (4.5 cm) 7.8 lb (3.5 kg) Recessed Wood

Dimensions and weights may slightly vary as these items are cut by hand.

 

If you are not satisfied with your purchase,  you may return it to us for an exchange or refund. We offer free return shipping for all orders, so long as: 
a) Item(s) must have been purchased in the last 30 days.
b) Item(s) must be returned with the original packaging.
c) Both the packaging and item(s) must be in their original condition.

Please read our full Refund & Return Policy here.

What Others are Saying

The icon of St. George that I recently purchased is absolutely gorgeous! Everything from the fine details in the painting, the gold background, and the wood block / frame are perfect. I have it hanging in my den, and every time I glance at it I smile. It is stunning! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase! It is heirloom quality!

Robert B.

All of Athonite icons are of superior quality. The 22 Karat gold leaf is lovely, rich and warm. I wanted to buy all of them when I saw the exhibit at our festival. I especially liked that this icon was given the name “She Who Is Quick to Hear”. Since I have an impatient nature, and I thought of one more place to set her so my prayers might be heard, I took her home with me. Thank you Angelica for helping me with my purchase. 

Vicki G.

Athonite has the most beautiful and highest quality holy icons that I have seen in Greece and the US! The quality of the Athonite icons is truly exceptional and impressive in every aspect: the choice of miraculous, unique or rare holy icons as prototypes; the stellar depiction of the holy images according to the Byzantine tradition of iconography & the vibrancy of the colors!

Helen C.

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