Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri - Athonite
Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri - Athonite
Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri - Athonite
Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri - Athonite
Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri - Athonite
Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri - Athonite

Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri

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The Story Behind This Icon:

Saint Ephraim was born in 1384 in Greece where he and his 6 siblings were raised by a single mother. At the age of fourteen, Ephraim entered the monastery of the Annunciation in the mountains of Amomon, Attica, Greece. He lived a difficult life under the discipline of the monks for thirty years before the monastery was destroyed by the Turks. While chaos and death spread around the monastery, Saint Ephraim stayed calm. As a result, he was captured and tortured for his faith in Christ. Throughout his martyrdom, he prayed for the forgiveness of his torturers and remained faithful. After much torture, including being set on fire, being hung upside down and being beaten, the saint lost consciousness. Assuming him dead, they still continued to beat him, but after a while left him. The saint woke up the next morning and said “Lord I give up my spirit to You”. At that moment he fell asleep. Almost 600 years later, a nun devoted to God, Saint Makaria, settled on the land of the former monastery. Saint Ephraim appeared to her and showed her where he was buried. The monastery still exists to this day, available for all to visit.

Saint Ephraim is celebrated on January 3 marking the anniversary of the discovery of his holy relics and again on May 5 marking his martyric death. 


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.

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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.

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