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Silver Plated Hand Painted Icon -mother Of God Three Handed 12 3/8"h X 10 3/4"w For Sale
Silver Plated Icon Hand Painted-Mother of God Three Handed
Reproduction from original of unknown dating The corners, aureolas and border buttons are enameled. The inscriptions on the buttons say: MR – OY = Mother of God
Dimensions: -31.5 x 27.5cm or 12 3/8"H x 10 3/4"W
Hand Made in Poland by Artist
The origins of the "Three-handed" Wonder-working Icon go back to he 8th Century when the Iconoclastic heresy was emerging. The history of the Icon is closely tied to the fate of the famous defender of Holy Orthodoxy and the veneration of holy Icons, the Venerable John of Damascus (+776, celebrated on 4 December). In 717, the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Isaurian began persecution of Icon veneration. St John of Damascus zealously defended the veneration of Icons by his sermon and by theological treatises written in defense of the Orthodox viewpoint concerning holy images. Venerable John was slandered by Leo with false information sent to the Governor in Damascus through the Emperor's informers. John had been a counselor for the Damascus ruler, considered an important and confidential position. The ruler was angered and ordered that St John's right hand be cut off. John of Damascus turned in prayer to the Mother of God and in tears asked for Her help at the Icon. The venerable one received a miraculous healing as the severed hand grew back together. After the miracle, John left Damascus and took the monastic tonsure at the Lavra of the Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified (+532, commemorated 5 December) and gave the Icon to the Monastery. In gratitude for the miracle which happened to him, Venerable John of Damascus had a hand made of silver and as a gift attached it to the Icon - some sources claim that John simply "wrote" (or painted) the third hand on the Icon. It is from this event that the Icon received its name "Three-handed". According to Church tradition, the Venerable John of Damascus composed the Thanksgiving prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos, "All of Creation rejoices in You" which is sung at the Liturgy of St Basil the Great, in place of "It is truly meet " following the Epiklesis. Later, the "Three-handed" Icon of the Theotokos was given as a blessing to St Sabbas, the Archbishop of Serbia (+1237, commemorated 12 January). When the Turks invaded Serbia, the precious Icon was given to the Mt Athos monastery of Hilandar (Serbian). The decision to give the holy shrine to the monastery located on Mt Athos is attributed to the intervention of God' Providence. In 1661, a copy of the Wonder-working "Three-handed" Icon was brought to Moscow for the first time. After this, the Icon became widely distributed throughout Russia. At the present time the original revered copy of the "Three-handed" Mother of God Icon is located in the Holy Dormition Church of the Bulgarian Representation Church in Moscow.
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Silver Plated Hand Painted Icon -mother Of God Three Handed 12 3/8"h X 10 3/4"w: $320