Christian Orthodox Icon Pendant HOLY SAINT IRENE OF MACEDONIA. PRAYER Materials: Sterling Silver (925 grade), 24K Gilding, Blackening Average weight: 2 grams Size: 20 x 9 mm (including the bail) Technique: casting, gilding, blackening, handmade. Symbolism and application of the item Saint great martyr Irene lived in the 1st century in the Roman imperium ...and was one of the first martyrs for Christ. Before baptism, she bore the name Penelope and lived with her parents, who, like the majority of the population of the Roman Empire, were pagans. Penelope's father Licinius, the ruler of the region in Macedonia, built a luxurious palace for his daughter, where she lived with her teacher Caria, surrounded by her peers and servants. Every day, a mentor named Apelian came to Penelope and taught her the sciences. Apelian was a Christian. He told the girl about Christ the Savior and became her mentor in Christian teaching and Christian virtues. Once, three birds flew through the window to Penelope, one after the other - a dove with an olive branch, an eagle with a wreath, and a raven with a snake. The teacher interpreted the sign as follows: the dove, which signified the virgin's virtues - humility, meekness, and chastity, brought the olive branch - the grace of God received in Baptism; the eagle - a sign of the height of the spirit achieved through divine contemplation - brought a wreath for the victory over the invisible enemy as a reward from the Lord; the raven brought a snake as a sign that the devil will take up arms against her and will bring sorrow, and persecution. At the end of the conversation, Apelian said that the Lord wanted to betroth her to Himself and that Penelope would endure many sufferings for her Heavenly Bridegroom. After that, Penelope refused to marry, received Baptism from the hand of the Apostle Timothy, a disciple of the holy Apostle Paul, and was named Irene. She wanted her parents to become Christians too. Her mother happily agreed, but her father began to demand from her the worship of pagan deities. When Saint Irina firmly and decisively refused, he in anger ordered her to be tied up and thrown under the hooves of wild horses. But the horses remained motionless, only one of them broke off the leash, rushed to Licinia, grabbed his right hand with his teeth, pulled it out of the shoulder, and Licinius himself knocked down and began to trample. Then they untied the holy virgin, and at her prayer, Licinius, in the presence of eyewitnesses, stood up unharmed, with a healthy hand. Seeing such a miracle, Licinius with his wife and a multitude of people, numbering about 3,000 people, believed in Christ and renounced paganism. Licinius became a devoted Christian. Saint Irene began to preach the teaching of Christ among the pagans and turned them on the path of salvation. She was severely tortured by the new administrator, Sedekia, and by other administrators as well, but nothing could harm her. By the power of God, she continued to remain unharmed, and the people, under the influence of her preaching and the miracles performed, increasingly turned to Christ, abandoning the worship of idols. In total, over 10,000 pagans were converted by Saint Irene. After that, Saint Irene visited many other cities with a sermon about Christ. Everywhere she worked miracles, healed the sick, and often endured suffering. The memory of the holy Great Martyr Irina is celebrated on May 18 (5). On the reverse side of the icon is the text of the prayer to the Great Martyr Irina: "Holy saint of God Irina, pray to God for me, a sinner." Why should you buy this item?
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- The image of the saint is so realistic;
- Even the smallest details are perfect;
- This icon pendant can be comfortably worn with half-moon decoration.