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Elder Ephraim of Arizona icon, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of Ephraim Moraitis of Philotheou, Byzantine art wall hanging wood plaque

Elder Ephraim of Arizona icon, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of Ephraim Moraitis of Philotheou, Byzantine art wall hanging wood plaque

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This handmade orthodox icon is a lithography with double varnish layer to ensure vivid colors and waterproof properties depicting Elder Ephraim of Arizona is a God inspired artwork abiding to the Athonian technique that was gives this icon unique religious and aesthetic value.


Elder Archimandrite Ephraim (Moraitis) (born Ioannis Moraitis) (June 24, 1927 - December 7th, 2019) was an archimandrite and former abbot of Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos, spiritual guide of several monasteries on Mount Athos and Greece, and the founder of several monasteries in the United States. He labored in Arizona at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery.


Elder Ephraim was a hieromonk for 71 years and an elder for more than 50 years. He was a disciple of Saint Joseph the Hesychast of Mount Athos and lived in monastic obedience to him for 12 years until the saint's repose in 1959. Elder Ephraim wrote many books on his experiences and homilies of Saint Joseph.


When Ioannis was a little baby, his mother had a vision and understood that he will become a monk at Mt. Athos. So she was preparing him all his life, having this vision in her mind, and when he was 19, she finally decided to send him to elder Joseph. And now the spiritual father did not object as well.


Monastic life

On September 26, 1947, Ioannis arrived at Mt. Athos to the St. Anna's skete. Elder Joseph got to know about his arrival from the patron saint of both Ioannis and of the keliya of Elder Joseph - St. John the Baptist. As elder Ephraim recalls in his book, at the pier he met Elder Arsenios who said: "Are you Iannakis from Volos?" - "Yes, how do you know me?" - "Elder Joseph knows that from the Fair Forerunner. He appeared to him today and said: I brought to you one sheep. Place it in your fence."


So Ioannis became a disciple of Saint Joseph the Hesychast who tonsure him in 1948 and gave him the name Ephraim. Ephraim was subsequently ord

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