The Story Behind This Icon:
Saint Cosmas Aetolian was not only a great missionary who provided education to the poor villagers - he established 250 schools, charities and churches within a six year period in the area of Aetolia during the 18th century, but he also received from God the gift of prophecy.
Here are only a few of his prophecies and sayings, some of which have already become reality:
- "From schools will come things that your mind can not imagine."
- "The time will come when your enemies will take away from you even the ashes from your fires, but don't give up your faith as others will."
- "The time will come when people will speak to one another from far away places, for example from Constantinople to Russia, as if they were in adjoining rooms."
- "The rich will become poor and the poor will die."
Saint Cosmas Aetolian is celebrated on the 24th of August.
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.
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