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Saint Gerasimos icon, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of St Gerasimus of Kefalonia, Byzantine art wall hanging on wood plaque, religious decor

Saint Gerasimos icon, Handmade Greek Orthodox icon of St Gerasimus of Kefalonia, Byzantine art wall hanging on wood plaque, religious decor

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This byzantine icon is a lithography with double varnish layer to ensure vivid colors and waterproof properties depicting Saint Gerasimos of Kefalonia is a god inspired artwork abiding to the Athonian technique that was gives this icon unique religious and aesthetic value.

Our venerable and God-bearing Father Gerasimos (Notaras) of Kephalonia (also Gerasimus the New Ascetic of Kephalonia) was a hermit, priest-monk, and wonder-worker of the sixteenth century. His repose is commemorated by the church August 16 yet his main feast day is celebrated on October 20.


St. Gerasimos was born in 1509 in the tiny village of Trikala Corinthos, in the Peloponnesus and a decendant of the Notaras family, a well known Byzantine family during the reign of Constantine Palaiologos. [1] He was reared in piety by his parents, Demetrios and Kale, and studied the sacred writings. At a young age he visited Constantinople. It was during this visit that he was moved with compunction for the number of Christians who martyred and made the decision to commit his life to monasticism. With this in mind, he went straight to Mount Athos and remained for around five years. He then moved to the Holy Land and remained in Jerusalem for twelve years. He also visited Mount Sinai, Egypt and Crete; where he remained in a cave for two years. From there he went to Zakynthos, where he also remained in a cave for around five years, and at the age of around 50 ended up in a cave in Cephalonia.


In Kephalonia he restored a certain old church and built a convent around it, where it stands to this day at the place called Omala.


He was forewarned of the day of his death and finished the course of his life on August 15, 1570/79. The church commemorates him on August 16 to keep all honour to the Holy Mother on the fifteenth. His memory is also kept on October 20 being the transaltion of his relics.


His sacred relic, remain complete and incorrupt in the

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