Handmade carved icon depicting saint Nektarios and saint Ephrem. Handmade on boxwood at the Holy Skete of Saint Demetrios in Mount Athos. Above, Jesus Christ is depicted as the Heavenly God, who protects us all. The handicraft is made of boxwood in the Holy Hermitage of Saint Demetrios on Mount Athos. The rich details in the depiction of the Saints are balanced by the simple design in the background of the image.
H: 7.5 cm.
W: 6.5 cm.
Saint Ephraim, at the age of 14, in order to avoid Islamization, joined the thriving holy monastery of Stavropigiaki of The Dormition of the most holy Theotokos, in Attica. A few years later, Turks intruded violently into the Monastery and tortured Ephraim. Ephraim of Nea Makri testified on May 5, 1426, and this is when his memory is celebrated.
Saint Nektarios or Nektarios of Pentapolis or of Aegina was born in Thraki in 1846. In Aegina island he built a monastery while he contributed to miracles to the residents of the island as a brother and their supporter. He died in 1920 AD and buried in the Holy Trinity in Aegina. Saint Nektarios celebrates on 9 November.