St. Mary of Clopas icon
Orthodox contemporary icon of Saint Mary of Clopas- Cleopas, the Myrrh-bearer.
Commemorated April 23.
The name of the store in the icon is a watermark. Your icon will NOT have it
St. Mary was one of the “three Marys” who followed our Lord, stood at the foot of the Cross when he died, and were the first to hear the good news of His Resurrection at the side of His tomb. She was the wife of St. Cleophas, and mother of St. Simon, St. James the Less, St. Jude, and St. Salome (the mother of St. James and St. John).
In 47, St. Mary, along with others, was placed on a boat without sails or oars and pushed out into the open sea. The boat miraculously landed in France, and a church was established there known as “Holy Mary of the Sea.”
She also traveled to Spain as a missionary, and died at Ciudad Rodrigo.
Crucifixion icon (9)
Orthodox icon of the Crucifixion of our Lord (9). Copy of an icon of 12 cent. Monastery of St. Catherine Sinai.
Commemorated on Holy Thursday
St.Ia of Cornwall icon
Orthodox icon Saint Ia of Cornwall. Contemporary icon.
Commemorated February 3..
St. Ia or Hya was an Irish virgin of noble birth, who introduced Christianity to this area in the fifth century. She was among the followers of St. Barricius, who was a disciple of St. Patrick.
One day, St. Ia went to the seashore to depart for Cornwall from her native Ireland along with other Sts. Fingar and Piala. Finding that they had gone without her, and fearing that she was too young for such a hazardous journey, she was grief stricken and began to pray.
As she prayed, she noticed a leaf floating on the water and touched it with a rod to see if it would sink. As she looked, the leaf grew bigger and bigger. She realized that God had sent it to her and, trusting Him, she embarked upon the leaf and was carried across the Channel, reaching her destination before the others.
When the King of Cornwall learned that these blessed persons were preaching the Gospel of Christ, he had them put to death by the sword on the same day.
Orthodox icon of the Crucifixion of our Lord (10). Copy of a contemporary icon.
Commemorated on Holy Thursday.