Orthodox icon of Saint Emilian (Aimilianos, Aimelianos, Aimilinus), the Martyr os Silistria.
Commemorated July 18th.
Protector Saint of : Children that can not talk
St. Ephigenia icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Ephigenia, Ifigenia. Contemporary icon.
Commemorated November 16th.
St. Ephraim of Nea Makri Icon (SP)
Orthodox icon of Ephraim of Nea Makri (SP).
Commemorated January 3.
Silver-plated icon of Saint Ephraim 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.
NOTICE: The colors of the icons seems little darker, because of the reflection in the scanner.
St. Ephraim was born on 14 September 1384 in Trikala, Thessalia. At 14 years of age he went to a monastery on the mountain of Amoman near Nea Makri in Attica. For nearly twenty-seven years he imitated the life of the great Fathers and ascetics of the desert purifying himself. On September 14, 1425, the Turks destroyed the monastery.
Many of the monks were tortured and beheaded, but St Ephraim remained calm and survived the onslaught. They locked him in a small cell without food or water, and beat him every day. After months of torture they decided to put him to death. They turned him upside down and tied him to a mulberry tree, then beat him and mocked him. One of them took a flaming stick and plunged it violently into the saint's navel. He lapsed into unconsciousness. But they did not stop and continued to kick and beat him. After a while, the saint opened his eyes and prayed, "Lord, I give up my spirit to Thee."
About nine o'clock in the morning, the martyr's soul was separated from his body. 500 years later a women's monastery sprung up on the site of the old monastery. The Abbess of this new monastery heard an inner voice telling her to dig in a certain spot. Here they unearthed the head of the saint and an ineffable fragrance filled the air.u00a0She cleaned the bones and placed them in the altar area of the church. That night St Ephraim appeared to the abbess in a dream and thanked her for caring for his relics, and then said, "My name is St Ephraim." He told her the story of his life and martyrdom.
St. Ephraim on Nea Makri icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri .
Commemorated May 5.
The orthodox icon of holy New Martyr and wonderworker Ephraim who was born in in Trikala, Thessalia on September 14, 1384. His father died when the saint was young, and his pious mother was left to care for seven children by herself. When Ephraim reached the age of fourteen, he became a monk, took the monastic name of Ephraim and moved to Attica to live in what was then the Monastery of the Annunciation of Our Lady on Mount Amomon.
For nearly twenty-seven years he imitated the life of the great Fathers and ascetics of the desert. He was also found worthy to receive the grace of the priesthood, and served at the altar with great reverence and compunction. On September 14, 1425, the Turks launched an invasion by sea, destroying the monastery and and looting the surrounding area. He was imprisoned and then tortured him trying to force him to deny Christ.
When the Turks realized that the saint remained faithful to Christ, they decided to put him to death. On Tuesday May 5, 1426, they turned him upside down and tied him to a mulberry tree, then they beat him and mocked him. Where is your God, they asked, and why does not he help you? The saint did not lose courage, but prayed, O God, do not listen to the words of these men, but may Thy will be done as Thou hast ordained. After many tortures one of them took a flaming stick and plunged it violently into the saint's navel. His screams were heart-rending, so great was his pain. The blood flowed from his stomach, but the Turks did not stop.
Soon, the saint grew too weak to speak, so he prayed silently asking God to forgive his sins. Blood and saliva ran from his mouth, and the ground was soaked with his blood. Then he lapsed into unconsciousness.Thinking that he had died, the Turks cut the ropes which bound him to the tree, and the saint's body fell to the ground. Their rage was still not diminished, so they continued to kick and beat him. After a while, the saint opened his eyes and prayed, Lord, I give up my spirit to Thee.
About nine o'clock in the morning, the martyr's soul was separated from his body. His story remained forgotten for nearly 500 years until January 3, 1950. A women's monastery had been built on the site of the old monastery. Abbess Makaria (+ April 23, 1999) was wandering through the ruins of the monastery, thinking of the martyrs whose bones had been scattered over that ground, and whose blood had watered the tree of Orthodoxy. She realized that this was a holy place, and she prayed that God would permit her to behold one of the Fathers who had lived there.
After some time, she seemed to sense an inner voice telling her to dig in a certain spot. She indicated the place to a workman whom she had hired to make repairs at the old monastery. The man was unwilling to dig there, for he wanted to dig somewhere else. Because the man was so insistent, Mother Makaria let him go where he wished. She prayed that the man would not be able to dig there, and so he struck rock. Although he tried to dig in three or four places, he met with the same results.
Finally, he agreed to dig where the abbess had first indicated. In the ruins of an old cell, he cleared away the rubble and began to dig in an angry manner. The abbess told him to slow down, for she did not want him to damage the body that she expected to find there. He mocked her because she expected to find the relics of a saint. When he reached the depth of six feet, however, he unearthed the head of the man of God.
At that moment an ineffable fragrance filled the air. The workman turned pale and was unable to speak. Mother Makaria told him to go and leave her there by herself. She knelt and reverently kissed the body. As she cleared away more earth, she saw the sleeves of the saint's rasson. The cloth was thick and appeared to have been woven on the loom of an earlier time. She uncovered the rest of the body and began to remove the bones, which appeared to be those of a martyr. Mother Makaria was still in that holy place when evening fell when she heard footsteps coming from the grave, moving across the courtyard toward the door of the church.
The footsteps were strong and steady, like those of a man of strong character. The nun was afraid to turn around and look, but then she heard a voice say, How long are you going to leave me here? She saw a tall monk with small, round eyes, whose beard reached his chest. In his left hand was a bright light, and he gave a blessing with his right hand. Mother Makaria was filled with joy and her fear disappeared. Forgive me, she said, I will take care of you tomorrow as soon as God makes the day dawn.
The saint disappeared. In the morning after Matins, Mother Makaria cleaned the bones and placed them in a niche in the altar area of the church, lighting a candle before them. That night St Ephraim appeared to her in a dream. He thanked her for caring for his relics, then he said, My name is St Ephraim. From his own lips, she heard the story of his life and martyrdom.
St. Ephraim the Syrian icon
Contemporary orthodox icon of Saint Ephraim (Ephrem) the Syrian.
Commemorated January 28th.
St. Ephraim the Syrian icon (2)
Contemporary orthodox icon of Saint Ephraim (Ephrem) the Syrian.
Commemorated January 28th.
St. Epiphanius icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Salamis, Cyprus
Commemorated May 12.
Orthodox icon of Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus, who lived during the fourth century in Phoenicia. The Roman empress Honoria was his sister. He was of Jewish descent, and in his youth he received a fine education. He was converted to Christianity after seeing how a certain monk named Lucian gave away his clothing to a poor person. Struck by the monk’s compassion, Epiphanius asked to be instructed in Christianity. He was baptized and became a disciple of St. Hilarion the Great (October 21). Entering the monastery, he progressed in the monastic life under the guidance of the experienced Elder Hilarion, and he occupied himself with copying Greek books.
St. Epiphanius was granted the gift of wonderworking. In order to avoid human glory, he left the monastery and went into the Spanidrion desert. Robbers caught him there and held him captive for three months. By speaking of repentance, the saint brought one of the robbers to faith in the true God. When they released the holy ascetic, the robber also went with him. St. Epiphanius took him to his monastery and baptized him with the name John. From that time, he became a faithful disciple of St. Epiphanius, and he carefully documented the life and miracles of his instructor.
Returning to the wilderness of Palestine about 333, Epiphanius again sought the ascetic life with his disciple John. As the reputation of Epiphanius spread, more disciples came to him leading to his founding a monastery in Ad. There he was ordained a priest and became the superior. He led the monastery for some thirty years during which he further gained in knowledge and faith as well as gaining the ability to speak many languages including Hebrew, Syriac, Egyptian, Greek, and Latin.
In 367, Epiphanius was chosen by a council in Salamis on Cyprus as their bishop. In 368, he was elected to the cathedra of Cyprus, a position he held until his repose. During the following year, Bp. Epiphanius traveled throughout the area to participate in events that protected the Orthodox faith. He participated in the synod of 376 in Antioch where questions about the Trinity were debated against the heresy of Apollinarianism. In 382, he was present at a Council of Rome that attempted to reconcile the Meletian schism.
Through the intrigues of the empress Eudoxia and the Patriarch Theophilos of Alexandria, towards the end of his life St. Epiphanius was summoned to Constantinople to participate in the Synod of the Oak, which was convened to judge the great saint, John Chrysostom. Once he realized that he was being manipulated by Chrysostom’s enemies, St. Epiphanius left Constantinople, unwilling to take part in an unlawful council.
As he was sailing home on a ship, the saint sensed the approach of death, and he gave his disciples final instructions: to keep the commandments of God, and to preserve the mind from impure thoughts. He died two days later. The people of Salamis met the body of their archpastor with carriages, and on May 12, 403 they buried him in a new church which he himself had built.
The Seventh Ecumenical Council named St. Epiphanius as a Father and Teacher of the Church. In the writings of St. Epiphanius, the PANARIUM and the ANCHORATUS are refutations of Arianism and other heresies. In his other works are found valuable church traditions, and directives for the Greek translation of the Bible.
We admire St. Epiphanius for his dedication in defending Orthodoxy against false teachings. We also honor St. Epiphanius for his deep spirituality, and for his almsgiving. No one surpassed him in his tenderness and charity to the poor, and he gave vast sums of money to those in need.
St. Erasmia the Martyr icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Erasmia the Martyr.
Commemorated September 1st.
St. Eugenia of Rome icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Eugenia of Rome.
Commemorated December 24.
Martyr Eugenia was the daughter of most distinguished and noble parents named Philip and Claudia. Philip, a Prefect of Rome, moved to Alexandria with his family. In Alexandria, Eugenia had the occasion to learn the Christian Faith, in particular when she encountered the Epistles of Saint Paul, the reading of which filled her with compunction and showed her clearly the vanity of the world. Secretly taking two of her servants, Protas and Hyacinth, she departed from Alexandria by night.
Disguised as a man, she called herself Eugene while pretending to be a eunuch, and departed with her servants and took up the monastic life in a monastery of men. Her parents mourned for her, but could not find her. After Saint Eugenia had labored for some time in the monastic life, a certain woman named Melanthia, thinking Eugenia to be a monk, conceived lust and constrained Eugenia to comply with her desire; when Eugenia refused, Melanthia slandered Eugenia to the Prefect as having done insult to her honor. Eugenia was brought before the Prefect, her own father Philip, and revealed to him both that she was innocent of the accusations, and that she was his own daughter.
Through this, Philip became a Christian; he was afterwards beheaded at Alexandria. Eugenia was taken back to Rome with Protas and Hyacinth. All three of them ended their life in martyrdom in the years of Commodus, who reigned from 180 to 192.
St. Euphemia the Great Martyr icon (1)
Orthodox icon of Saint Great-martyr Euphemia (1), the All Praised.
Commemorated Sept 16 and July 11.
St. Euphemia the Great Martyr icon (2)
Orthodox icon of Saint Euphemia the All-praised the Great Martyr (2).
Commemorated Sept 16 and July 11
Saint Euphemia was the daughter of pious parents. Her father was a senator named Philophronos and her mother was Theodosia. She was born in Chalcedon, located across the Bosporus from the city of Byzantium. From her youth she dedicated her life to Christ and practiced the virtues of prayer, fasting and chastity. She suffered martyrdom in the city of Chalcedon in the year 304, during the time of the persecution against Christians by the emperor Diocletian (284-305). The miracle of Saint Euphemia.
In the year 451 in the city of Chalcedon, in the very church where the glorified relics of the holy Great Martyr Euphemia rested, the sessions of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (July 16) took place. The Council was convened for determining the precise dogmatic formulae of the Orthodox Church concerning the nature of the God-Man Jesus Christ. This was necessary because of the widespread heresy of the Monophysites [mono-physis meaning one nature], who opposed the Orthodox teaching of the two natures in Jesus Christ, the Divine and the Human natures (in one Divine Person).
The Monophysites falsely affirmed that in Christ was only one nature, the Divine [i.e. that Jesus is God but not man, by nature], causing discord and unrest within the Church. At the Council were present 630 representatives from all the local Christian Churches. On the Orthodox side Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople (July 3), Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem (July 2), and representatives of St Leo, Pope of Rome (February 18) participated in the conciliar deliberations. The Monophysites were present in large numbers, headed by Dioscorus, the Patriarch of Alexandria, and the Constantinople archimandrite Eutychius. After prolonged discussions the two sides could not come to a decisive agreement.
The holy Patriarch Anatolius of Constantinople proposed that the Council submit the decision of the Church dispute to the Holy Spirit, through His undoubted bearer St Euphemia the All-Praised, whose wonderworking relics had been discovered during the Council's discussions. The Orthodox hierarchs and their opponents wrote down their confessions of faith on separate scrolls and sealed them with their seals. They opened the tomb of the holy Great Martyr Euphemia and placed both scrolls upon her bosom. Then, in the presence of the emperor Marcian (450-457), the participants of the Council sealed the tomb, putting on it the imperial seal and setting a guard to watch over it for three days.
During these days both sides imposed upon themselves strict fast and made intense prayer. After three days the patriarch and the emperor in the presence of the Council opened the tomb with its relics: the scroll with the Orthodox confession was held by St Euphemia in her right hand, and the scroll of the heretics lay at her feet. St Euphemia, as though alive, raised her hand and gave the scroll to the patriarch. After this miracle many of the hesitant accepted the Orthodox confession, while those remaining obstinate in the heresy were consigned to the Council's condemnation and excommunication.
St. Euphrosyne icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Euphrosyne, Efrosyne.
Commemorated September 25th.
Saint Ephrosyne was born in Alexandria in 410 in a wealthy and pious family. Her name means "joy" or "good cheer." Her mother died when she was twelve and her father arranged for her marriage to a wealthy ruler. When she was eighteen they desired to consummate the marriage so her father took her to a monastery for a blessing. While there she observed the beautiful order of life of the monks. After returning she adopted a very pious life and would return to the monastery regularly for instruction.
Eventually she decided that she would become a nun and was tonsured. Now she wondered how to conceal herself from all her relatives. She chose to enter into a male monastery as no one would be looking for her there. She put on masculine attire, put aside her feminine nature, abandoned her house and father with all its comforts and gold and silver and left for the monastery. When she approached the monastery she used the name Smaragdos claiming to be a eunuch who was weary of the court life. She was accepted and put under the charge of an elder. She struggled and became an exemplary monk.
Her father comes home to find that she has left. They search but cannot find her. They even sent peoples to foreign lands. Eventually they gave up hope and mourned greatly. He father visited the abbot of the monastery to share his misfortune with him. He sought his wisdom as to her whereabouts. But he nor any of the monks could come up with any vision of her whereabouts. They comforted him assuring him she was in a godly place. He continued to visit the monastery for their advice and comforting. On one such visit he was introduced to Smaragdos. When he entered into Smaragdos' cell Ephrosyne's eyes filled with tears. She could see how he suffered due to his loss of her.
Due to her ascetic life he could not recognize her. She was able to comfort him and her father left the monastery grateful for having been introduced to this monk. Ephrosyne remained in the monastery for thirty-eight years. No one ever knew she was a woman. Her father visited when she was bedridden weeping bitterly. He said, "Woe is me, the wretch! Who will comfort me in my old age? It has been thirty-eight years since I lost my child, and no one has given me encouragement and hope that I should ever behold her." Then she says to him, "Be patient. Wait three more days, and then you shall witness the wonders of God!" When Ephrosyne was in her final hour she called for her father who had stayed at the monastery waiting patiently.
She said to him, " Since the almighty God has dispensed, as He willed, to vouchsafe me that I might finish my good purpose, now I shall depart to everlasting life to receive the laurel wreath which has been prepared for me. I will, therefore, assuage thy sorrow. Know this, then: I am thy daughter. Fearing that thou wouldest prevent me, I changed my attire. Moreover, God granted that thou soldiers not recognize me. Nevertheless, He brought thee here again, so thou shouldest behold me and be comforted; and moreover, that thou mightiest bury my body.... After this she surrendered her soul to God.
Her father fell to the ground laying speechless and voiceless. After her death when Fr Agapios saw what had happened he sprinkled water on her father's face. He cried out, "Let me die, for I have beheld a supernatural sight!" He rose to his feet weeping, covering the relics with his tears. He mourned, "What shall i do this day? Shall I celebrate because I have found thee or shall I mourn thy death? I am overcome by love!" Father Agapios confirmed it was his daughter and went and told the abbot and the rest of the brotherhood.
They all came to venerate the relics. One ascetic who was blind in one eye kissed the saint and recovered his sight. They buried the precious relics with honor as her countenance shone like the sun. Her father never departed form the monastery. He distributed his wealth to the poor, schools and churches. Living in the monastery he became a monk lodging in his daughter's cell and sleeping on her mat. He remained there for ten years. When he died they buried him in the same tomb with his daughter.
St. Euphrosynos the Cook icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Ephrosynos the Cook.
Commemorated September 11th.
St. Euphrosynos the Cook icon (2)
Orthodox icon of Saint Efrosynos, Euphrosynos, Ephrosynos, Protector of cooks.
Commemorated September 11.
Saint Euphrosynus the Cook was from one of the Palestinian monasteries, and his obedience was to work in the kitchen as a cook. Toiling away for the brethren, St Euphrosynus did not absent himself from thought about God, but rather dwelt in prayer and fasting. He remembered always that obedience is the first duty of a monk, and therefore he was obedient to the elder brethren. The patience of the saint was amazing: they often reproached him, but he made no complaint and endured every unpleasantness.
St Euphrosynus pleased the Lord by his inner virtue which he concealed from people, and the Lord Himself revealed to the monastic brethren the spiritual heights of their unassuming fellow-monk. One of the priests of the monastery prayed and asked the Lord to show him the blessings prepared for the righteous in the age to come. The priest saw in a dream what Paradise is like, and he contemplated its inexplicable beauty with fear and with joy. He also saw there a monk of his monastery, the cook Euphrosynus. Amazed at this encounter, the presbyter asked Euphrosynus, how he came to be there.
The saint answered that he was in Paradise through the great mercy of God. The priest again asked whether Euphrosynus would be able to give him something from the surrounding beauty. St Euphrosynus suggested to the priest to take whatever he wished, and so the priest pointed to three luscious apples growing in the garden of Paradise. The monk picked the three apples, wrapped them in a cloth, and gave them to his companion. When he awoke in the early morning, the priest thought the vision a dream, but suddenly he noticed next to him the cloth with the fruit of Paradise wrapped in it, and emitting a wondrous fragrance.
The priest, found St Euphrosynus in church and asked him under oath where he was the night before. The saint answered that he was where the priest also was. Then the monk said that the Lord, in fulfilling the prayer of the priest, had shown him Paradise and had bestown the fruit of Paradise through him, the lowly and unworthy servant of God, Euphrosynus. The priest related everything to the monastery brethren, pointing out the spiritual loftiness of Euphrosynus in pleasing God, and he pointed to the fragrant paradisiacal fruit.
Deeply affected by what they heard, the monks went to the kitchen, in order to pay respect to St Euphrosynus, but they did not find him there. Fleeing human glory, the monk had left the monastery. The place where he concealed himself remained unknown, but the monks always remembered that their monastic brother St Euphrosynus had come upon Paradise, and that they in being saved, through the mercy of God would meet him there. They reverently kept and distributed pieces of the apples from Paradise for blessing and for healing.