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Saint Eudokia icon, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of St Evdokia of Heliopolis, Byzantine art wall hanging icon wood plaque, religious decor

Saint Eudokia icon, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of St Evdokia of Heliopolis, Byzantine art wall hanging icon wood plaque, religious decor

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This wonderful icon has been created with the technique of lithography and has a double varnish to ensure waterproof and duration in time. The creator of this icon has learned the canonization of iconography in workshops of the Monasteries of Mount Athos, where he was taught both the technique of lithography and the process of handmade artificial ageing, which bears the image with the representation of Saint Eudokia of Heliopolis.


The holy and glorious Martyr Eudokia of Heliopolis (d.107) was an ascetic nun who died under the persecution of the governor Vicentius. The Orthodox Church commemorates her martyrdom on March 1. Eudokia (Gr: Ευδοκία) means goodwill.


Life

She began life as a pagan, a Samaritan woman who lived in Phoenicia (present-day Lebanon). Eudokia wasted her early years living a sinful life. With her blinding beauty she led many people into sin and amassed a great fortune.


She was introduced to the Christian faith by the monk Germanos, who was staying at a neighboring house while she was suffering a serious illness. Under his guidance she became a Christian. She was baptized by Bishop Theodotos after she had a heavenly vision. In her vision, she saw an Angel of the Lord leading her to heaven while many angels were rejoicing. She also saw a shadowy figure howling because he had been cheated because Eudokia became a Christian.


Eudokia discarded her previous life to become a nun. She built a monastery near the city of Baalbeck, also known as Heliopolis, and ministered to the many people who came to receive assistance. Because of her beauty, she also had many suitors. One suitor named Philostratos was persistent enough to seek her out in the hope of securing favor before her fortune had been dissipated. Eudokia refused to help him, and, when in his anger he seemed struck dead by the Lord, she prayed to God for his recovery. Brought back to his senses, he was easily converted to Christiani

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