Theotokos Gerontissa - Athonite
Theotokos Gerontissa - Athonite
Theotokos Gerontissa - Athonite
Theotokos Gerontissa - Athonite
Theotokos Gerontissa - Athonite
Theotokos Gerontissa - Athonite

Theotokos Gerontissa

Regular price $57.00

The Story Behind This Icon:

The original icon is found in the Holy Monastery Pantokratoros on Mount Athos, Greece.

Theotokos Gerontissa is the only Icon depicting the Virgin Mary in full stature and alone. The Icon was brought to Mount Athos from Constantinople with the purpose of establishing a monastery. It miraculously moved three times from the place it was originally placed to its current location before the builders finally decided to leave it on the site The Theotokos had selected. Since then, countless miracles have occurred:

I. Once there lived a monk who received a revelation about his impending end. Before death, he wanted to be communed in the Holy Mysteries of Christ and he asked the serving priest to hasten the end of the Service, but the priest would not respect his request and continued to perform the Service at a slow pace. Suddenly a threatening voice coming from this icon of the Mother of God was heard, ordering the priest to do as the monk wished.

II. Another miracle occurred when through the prayers of the head of the monastery, the empty oil jars of the monastery were suddenly found filled with oil. In memory of the miracle, a jar was added on the silver cover of the icon when it was later refurbished.


This icon of the Theotokos Gerontissa 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 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.

Dimension: 3.9" x 7.9" (10 x 20 cm)

Width Weight Style
Backside Braces
0.8" (2 cm) 0.5 lb (0.2 kg) Recessed NA

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

Dimension: 7.5" x 13.8" (19 x 35 cm)

Width Weight Style
Backside Braces
1.8" (4.5 cm)
2.5 lb (1.2 kg)
Recessed Wood

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

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.

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Icon Styles

Depending on the size and theme, Holy Icons are available in both Recessed and Level styles.



Backside Details

Backside details vary with icon size and serve to ensure that your Holy Icon will stand the test of time. 

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