Saint John the Russian, Full Stature - Athonite
Saint John the Russian, Full Stature - Athonite
Saint John the Russian, Full Stature - Athonite
Saint John the Russian, Full Stature - Athonite

Saint John the Russian, Full Stature

Regular price $255.00

The Story Behind This Icon:

Saint John was born in 1690 in southern Russia, to a poor Orthodox Christian family. He was drafted to the army during the Russo-Turkish war and was taken prisoner, ending up as a slave in Turkey. Saint John was abused and tortured for his faith in Christ, but always refused to convert to Islam. John’s master admired his resolve and as a result placed him in the stables to tend to and live in. He lived his life as a Christian slave in a Muslim world. Prophesying his death, Saint John wanted to receive Communion one last time. He asked a priest to bring the mysteries to him in the stable, but the priest felt it was too dangerous. Instead, he carved out a hole in an apple and placed the Communion inside (covering it with wax so it wouldn’t seep into the apple). After he received the mysteries, Saint John passed away in Christ.

Saint John the Russian's feast day is celebrated on May 27.


This icon of Saint John the Russian is reproduced, with permission, from the authentic icon painted by the monks in the Cell of St. John the Theologian Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou in Mount Athos, Greece. This icon is part of our collection “Icons from Mount Athos”, which features all icons from the Cell of St. John the Theologian.

This icon is made of solid, natural limewood (Tilia) that has been prepared by hand using traditional methods and organic materials. The background consists 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.

Dimension: 5.9" x 11.8" (15 x 30 cm)

Width Weight Style
Backside Braces
1.6" (4 cm) 1.6 lb (0.7 kg) Recessed Wood

Dimensions and weights may slightly vary as these items are cut by hand.

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