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Russian Icon depicting Saint Michael the Archangel and Holy Monastic Martyr Saint Eudokia of Heliopolis

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of the Angels and bodiless powers; he is called the Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the bodiless powers. According to Holy Scripture and Tradition, he has interceded for humanity multiple times and continues to serve as the Defender of the Faith. Saint Michael is most often invoked for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle.

Saint Eudokia was a Samarian woman who lived in Heliopolis of Phoenicia (present day Baalbek, Lebanon). She was a very beautiful pagan,  and garnered her wealth by attracting wealthy lovers.

Eudokia learned about Christianity from a monk by the name of Germanos and asked him if she, too, could be saved from Judgment. Germanos instructed her to remain alone in her chamber for one week, fasting and praying. Eudokia followed his instructions, and at the end of the week, she had a vision about the Archangel Michael that assured her of Christ's love for all people.  At age 30, Eudokia commissioned the building of a monastery near Heliopolis, and dispensed much of her wealth in various charitable projects. She rejected all of her suitors, and when one persistent suitor named Philostratos was struck down because of his persistence, Eudokia prayed for him until he recovered and then converted to Christianity. Eudokia persuaded many pagans to convert to Christianity and, by her actions, angered Roman officials who had her beheaded on in 107 AD.

Дополнительная Информация

  • ID#: 76-016-082-L60i4-150
  • Размер: 15 in x 11 3/4 in (38 cm x 30 cm)
  • Возраст: ca. 1870, Provincial
  • Материалы: Oil on gessoed wood
  • Цена: $1,200
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