MADE TO ORDER - THEREFORE EACH ICON MAY VARY
Gorgeous handmade 3d icon of Saint John the Baptist - Agios Ioannis
Icon is made from acacia wood, epoxy, paint, and fire.(wood burning)
Icon size is approximately 30 x 32 x 2.5cm
Icon comes with iron stand for you to display this beautiful piece.
This beautiful icon has transparent epoxy resin which allows you to shine a lamp or light from behind to bring this 3D beautiful piece of art to life.
PLEASE NOTE: NO 2 ICONS ARE EVER THE SAME- THESE ARE HANDMADE AND ONE OF A KIND. YOU CAN ORDER ONE LIKE THIS- SAME PRINT - BUT PLEASE BE AWARE IT WILL DIFFER AS PRODUCT IS HAND MADE AND THERE IS CUTTING AND WOOD BURNING INVOLVED.
ABOUT Synaxis of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner of Christ
Celebrated January 7
On this day we celebrate the Feast of the holy prophet St John the Baptist and Forerunner as well as the coming of his most holy Relic (hand) to Constantinople.
We received from above and from the beginning to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist John one day after Holy Epiphany, i.e. January 7th, because he served at the mystery of the Lord's Baptism.
For this reason this feast is counted with the rest of the Forerunner's feasts so that we should not keep silence over his miraculous and supernatural gifts. It happened that on the evening of Epiphany, the arrival of the holy hand of the Forerunner to Constantinople took place. This happened thus:
St Luke the Evangelist went to the city of Sebaste, in which as they say the holy body of the Forerunner was buried, and, after he had received the right hand of the prophet's body, he brought it to Antioch, his home city, where it performed a lot of miracles. One of these miracles is the following. Just outside the city of Antioch there lurked a dragon who was raised to the level of a god by the Greeks living in Antioch. They honoured him every year with a sacrifice. The worst part of it was that the victim was human. As time passed the lot fell upon a Christian to give his daughter to the dragon. He would come out of his cave dreadful and horrible to look at and would open his mouth to receive the victim offered to him. Then he would tear her apart with his teeth.
The father of a girl chosen to be a sacrifice was praying with deep sighs and tears to God and the holy Forerunner to free his country from such a bitter killer. As he was praying, he came up with an idea as it often happens with people in need. He was going to attempt such an endeavour. He asked to venerate the holy hand of the Forerunner and, as he was kissing it, he secretly cut with his teeth the thumb. When he got what he wanted he came out of the church. When the day on which his daughter was expected to be sacrificed arrived, all the people of the city gathered to watch the sacrifice. In front of them all the father holding his daughter approached the dragon. When he saw the dragon opening his mouth to devour his daughter, the threw into its throat the holy finger of the Forerunner and, what a miracle! The dragon was immediately killed. When this had happened, the father received his daughter alive and went back home rejoicing and relating the miracle. The gathered crowd of the people seeing this miraculous event were amazed. So, they gave thanks to God and the holy Forerunner and built a great church in his name.