Lithography of the Forty Holy Martyrs with gloss varnish on a hard MDF. The original is in the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou on Mount Athos.
The Forty Holy Martyrs were soldiers at the most chosen group of Roman soldiers of of Licinius army. Because they opposed the expulsion against the Christians, they were thwarted, sentenced to spend the night in the icy lake and then their stiffened bodies of the confessors were burned, and the ashes cast into a river. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Holy Forty on 9 March.