Saint Sophrony of Essex - Athonite
Saint Sophrony of Essex - Athonite
Saint Sophrony of Essex - Athonite
Saint Sophrony of Essex - Athonite
Saint Sophrony of Essex - Athonite

Saint Sophrony of Essex

Regular price $75.00

The Story Behind This Icon: 

Saint Sophrony of Essex (Sacharov), one of our modern-day saints, was born in Moscow in 1896. Even as a child, he found peace in praying, although he initially devoted himself to painting and studied at the State School of Fine Arts. In 1922 he left his home country to pursue his artistic career in Western Europe and settled in Paris. There, he returned to Christianity and became among the first students of St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute. After three years, he decided to leave as he found the formal theological studies to be unfulfilling and headed to Mount Athos, where he entered the Monastery of Saint Panteleimon. He became a disciple of Saint Silouan the Athonite. In 1941, Saint Sophrony was ordained to priesthood and eventually became the spiritual father to many monks in Mount Athos. In 1959, Saint Sophrony established the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex, England.

Throughout his lifetime and preachings, he taught the faithful to have love in their heart. He reposed in the Lord in 1993.

Saint Sophrony of Essex is commemorated each year on July 11.


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.

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