Saint Nikephoros the Leper - Athonite
Saint Nikephoros the Leper - Athonite
Saint Nikephoros the Leper - Athonite
Saint Nikephoros the Leper - Athonite
Saint Nikephoros the Leper - Athonite

Saint Nikephoros the Leper

Regular price $75.00

The Story Behind This Icon:

Saint Nikephoros was born in 1890 in a small village on the island of Crete, Greece. His parents died when he was young, leaving him an orphan. At 16 years old he began to show signs of leprosy and left in secret for Cairo to avoid confinement on the Leper Island of Spinalonga. As his disease worsened, he returned to Greece, Chios this time, to live in a church for lepers led by Saint Anthimos. Two years later he was tonsured as a monk and lived a life of strict prayer and fasting. After the Chios leprosarium was closed in 1957, the two found residence in a leper home in Athens. Saint Nikephoros fell asleep in 1964, his relics becoming fragrant from Christ’s blessing. Saint Nikephoros the Leper is the patron saint of those suffering infectious diseases. In the midst of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, several people in Greece revealed that Saint Nikephoros the Leper appeared to them, assuring them of his intercession and protection as well as for the healing of those who suffered the disease.

Saint Nikephoros’ feast day is celebrated on January 4.


This icon is made of solid, natural limewood (Tilia) that has been prepared by hand using traditional methods and organic materials. The background is comprised of 22 Karat gold leaves that were meticulously applied by hand, piece by piece.

All of our icons are reproduced according to museum print standards and are authentic replicas of Holy Icons from Mount Athos and elsewhere.

Learn more about how our Holy Icons are made here.

From the moment you first hold your Holy Icon, you will see the exquisite details that bear truth to the meticulous preparation and creation of the image, as well as feel the depth and weight of the solid wood upon which it is portrayed. One of our larger icon dimensions (11.8" x 15.7"/30 x 40 cm) weighs more than 5 pounds! 

Because we value quality even in the details, your Holy Icon will be shipped in luxury packaging and can be presented as a gift for a friend or family member.

We are proud to offer the highest quality products! However, if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it for an exchange or refund, free of charge! We offer free return shipping for all orders, so long as: 
a) Item(s) are been purchased in the last 30 days.
b) Item(s) are returned with their original blue box and/or packaging.
c) Both the packaging and item(s) are in their original condition.

You can read our full Refund & Return Policy here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Wonderful Icon, very pleased.

The icon arrived only about 1/2 hour ago. So happy with the quality, beauty, and fast delivery. This is my first order from Athonite and I have to say there was no part of the process to complain about. Hopefully I will be ordering more icons in the future. As for this icon of Saint Nikephoros, everything about it-the weight, the clear detail of the artwork, text, gold leaf-all compose a beautiful icon that I pray will be a blessing to others as well as myself for many years.

Masterful! Heirloom quality icons!

Absolutely floored with the quality of work from AthoniteUSA.If you’re looking for an heirloom quality icon for generations, look no further. I cannot believe this quality is available for the price they ask for. The dark colors have a true depth, and the highlights make everything lift off the board. The sharp edges of the image is meticulously joined with the vibrant gold leaf that is not shy with reflections. It’s a heavy icon, when you hold it in your hands, the soul cannot help but be moved to reverence— it’s clear it’s an object of spiritual veneration. I’m rambling now, but I could go on forever about this icon! The box it comes in is a high quality perfect protective case, though honestly I’d feel it would be a shame to put it away again. Obviously this workshop is as serious about their craftsmanship as all Orthodox Christian should be about their veneration and Holy Tradition. The search begins and ends here for a perfect icon.

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