Orthodox Saint Silver Icon - Agios Dionisios ( Saint Dionysios ) 13x19cm Style: G0242
Name Day: December 17
This is an exact copy of a Byzantine hagiography icon, handmade in Greece using traditional Byzantine iconography techniques. The icon is made of copper with a layer of .925 Sterling Silver and is tarnish-free (does not require polish). The icons silver design is 3D and features intricate raised detail and the face is hand-painted using high quality paint. The icon is mounted on a wooden plaque, with two wood stain color options: brown or black. Please see more pictures for detailed view of color options.
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Icon approx. 13 cm x 19 cm (5.1 in x 7.5 in)
Tarnish Free Sterling Silver (925 Stamp), Copper, Wood
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Saint Dionysios was born in 1547 in Zakynthos. His parents were wealthy people and provided him with a full education, but theology had always been his passion. When he was 20 years old, after his parents had died, Dionysios donated all his fortune to his brother and became a monk in the monastery of Strofades, south of the island. In 1577, he became the Archbishop of Aegina island; however, two years later some health problems forced him to resign and return to his homeland where he remained as an abbot in the monastery of Strofades. One rainy night, a desperate man came to the monastery and asked for help. This man had just committed a murder and, as Dionysios discovered, had killed Dionysios’ brother. The family of the dead man was chasing after him. Despite his bitterness and lament, Dionysios provided shelter to the murderer, and even helped him to escape the island, because he wanted to "prevent another crime". Local tradition affirms that the murderer later returned and became a monk in that same monastery. This story touched the heart of the Zakynthians, and Agios Dionysios was often visited by people who wanted to confess or ask for advice. He died on December, 17th, 1622, at the age of 75. As requested in his will, he was buried in the church of Agios Georgios in Strofades, where he was ordained a priest. Three years later, when he was exhumed, his body was found intact and still remains intact today, displayed in the church of Agios Dionysios, where lots of pilgrims go every year. His memory is annually celebrated on December, 17th, the day of his death, as well as on August 24th, the day when his body was transferred to the church in Zakynthos.