Orthodox icon of Saint Ypomoni (Patience) the Righteous.
Commemorated March 13th.
This Orthodox icon depicts Saint Ypomoni who was the mother of the last Emperor of Constantinople, Constantine XI Palaiologos. Her name was Helen Dragash and after she became wife of Manuel II Palaiologos she was "Helen in Christ Gog Augusta and Empress of the Romans, Palaiologos". She was the daughter of Constantine Dragash, one of the leaders of the Serbian kingdom of Stefan Dusan.
She came from royal and blessed generation, because many of her ancestors were Saints. As she grew up, she had the influence of the Byzantine culture. She became Empress at the age 19 and God blessed the couple with eight children. During her days, she helped many Monasteries to be build in Constantinople and she was the "Hope for the Hopeless". After the death of her husband, she became a nun (1425), in the Monastery of Lady Martha with the name Ypomoni (Patience).
Three from their children became monks too. God granted her to not live the last tragic moments of the Empire. He called her close to Him on March 13th of 1450, having lived 35 years as Empress and 25 years as a humble nun in her Monastery.
St. Veronica icon
Orthodox icon of Saint. Veronica, or saint Berenice.
Commemorated July 12.
This Orthodox icon is of Saint Veronica who was a pious woman of Jerusalem in the first century AD. According to Tradition, Saint Veronica was the woman with the issue of blood, who received healing by touching the hem of Christ's robe (Mt. 9:20). She is also known as the woman who wiped Jesus's face with her veil. Then the image of Jesus's face appeared on it.
St. Victor of Damascus icon
St. Vladimir Equal to Apostles icon (2)
Orthodox icon of Saint Vladimir, the Great Prince, Equal to Apostles (2).
Commemorated July 15th
St. Xanthippe icon
Orthodox icon of Saint Xanthippe, the Disciple of the Apostles.
Commemorated September 23.
The Monastic Women Xanthippe and Polyxene were sisters by birth and they lived in Spain in the time of the holy Apostles. They were among the first to hear the divine teaching of Christ the Savior from the holy Apostle Paul, when he preached in their land. St Xanthippe and her husband Probus accepted Christianity, but St Polyxene was still a pagan when a certain man became entranced with her extraordinary beauty and forcibly carried her off to Greece on a ship.
The Lord preserved her unharmed. On the voyage, the saint heard the preaching of the holy Apostle Peter and believed in Christ. When she arrived in Greece, St Polyxene turned to the Christians for protection and defense and they hid her in the city of Patra in Achaia, where she formally accepted Christianity and was baptized by the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called himself. She became a witness to his miracles, and how he patiently and humbly endured his sufferings and death. She stood at the cross upon which they crucified the holy Apostle Andrew.
After his martyric death, St Polyxene returned to Spain, where she and her older sister Xanthippe converted many pagans to Christ. St Polyxene toiled for about forty years preaching the Gospel in Spain. St Xanthippe shared in her sister's work and preached in the populous city of Toledo. St Polyxene reposed in about the year 109, having preserved her virginity to the end of her earthly life. Referench