Orthodox icon | Various Saints | 25031


  • Russian icon
  • Metal/bronze/brass icon
  • 19th century
  • 2.4 x 2.0 in | 6 x 5 cm


This bronze/brass/yellow metal travel icon is a part of a Tetraptch, depicting various saints.

Saint Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, also known as Paraskeva of Iconium, was born in Lycaonia and met her martyrdom before 305. She was a young Christian who courageously faced persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, ultimately being beheaded in Iconium. The Russian Orthodox Church venerates her on October 28th, considering her the patron saint of women’s work and trade. Many miraculous healings are attributed to her intercession.

Saint Eudokia, also called Eudoxia, was a Christian martyr and saint who passed away around 107 or 114 in Heliopolis, Phoenicia. Although tradition suggests that Eudokia hailed from Samaria, her nickname, “the Samaritan woman,” may stem from her charitable acts later in life. Her Remembrance Day is celebrated on March 1st.

Saint Barbara resided in Heliopolis in the Hellespont (Asia Minor) during the reign of the Roman Emperor Maximian (284-305). She was the only child of a wealthy pagan named Dioskorus, who fiercely protected her due to her exceptional beauty. Seeking to shield her from the world, he confined her with her servants on the top floor of a tower within his palace. However, it was through divine guidance that the virtuous Virgin discovered true faith in the Triune God. From that moment on, she turned away from worldly distractions and devoted her heart solely to her Beloved, Christ. Her story is associated with Heli6polis.

Two Metropolitans of Moscow (names illegible) are also depicted on the travel icon, representing their significant role in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Saint Julitta belonged to a noble family from Iconium. After becoming widowed at a young age, she devoutly raised her three-year-old son Kyrikos (Quiricus). During the persecution under Diocletian (303-305), when the Roman governor of Dometian began ruthlessly targeting Christians, Julitta fled with her son and two servants to Seleucia in Isauria, and then to Tarsus in Cilicia. However, the imperial envoy Alexandros pursued them relentlessly. Upon learning of the arrival of this noblewoman, he apprehended her and brought her before his court, with her son held in her arms. Both Julitta and her son suffered martyrdom. Her Remembrance Day is celebrated on July 15th, and they are regarded as patron saints for families and sick children.

This travel icon offers a glimpse into the lives and devotion of these revered saints, inspiring believers with their examples of faith, courage, and selflessness.

Source: © Ikonen Mautner. Typing errors, other errors or changes reserved. For more information: “Das Synaxarion. Die Leben der Heiligen der Orthodoxen Kirche.” (http://www.prodromos-verlag.de/buecher.html) and Joachim Schäfer: Das Ökumenische Heiligenlexikon – https://www.heiligenlexikon.de

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Orthodox icon | Various Saints | 25031
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