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Antique19c RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICON "Saint Sergius at the Tomb of His Parents"

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Seller: superseller833 (163) 100%, Location: Short Hills, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 361701278494 Very rare Antique Russian Orthodox Icon " Saint Sergius at the Tomb of His Parents", 19 century, gesso, egg tempera on wooden board, hand painted. Size: 11.2 x 9 cm This icon shows Sergius in monk’s clothes praying before the “relics” of his parents- at the tomb of his parents. Sergius is holding the “rosary”. It is the old “ladder” rosary with triangular flaps at the bottom, a form which was kept by the Old Believers. Very rare and nice piece of religious art. Will be shipped 100% insured with a tracking number. Sergius (in Russian Sergiy) is said to have been born in Rostov in the year 1314. His parents were a pious couple named Kirill and Maria. Their third son was a boy named Varfolomei (Bartholomew). His older brothers quickly learned to read, but Varfolomei found it very difficult. So he prayed for help in learning. One day his father sent him out to search for missing horses. On the way he saw an elder monk in deep prayer under an oak tree. Varfolomei waited patiently, and when the elder finished, he asked the boy what he wanted. Varfolomei replied by asking the elder to pray for him, that he might be able to learn to read and write.The elder prayed for the boy, then reached into his bag and took out a piece of prosphora, the bread used in the Church liturgy. He told the boy to eat it as a sign of grace and to help him learn. The monk then told him that he would learn far beyond the level of his brothers, and the elder and the boy then walked together to Varfolomei’s home, where the monk ate and talked with the parents, predicting a very learned and holy life for their son. The parents went to the doorway with the monk as he was leaving, but suddenly he disappeared, leaving them thinking he might have been an angel. After meeting the monk, Varfolomei began leading a rigorous life of prayer and fasting and pious practices, and wanted to become a monk; but his parents asked him not to do so until after their deaths. He agreed and in this period the family moved from Rostov to Radonezh. Then the elderly parents, now considered saints themselves, died, and Sergei spent forty days in prayer for them. This number is significant because in traditional Russian Orthodoxy it is believed that during these forty days the soul of the departed goes through various stages, one of which is passing through the so-called “toll-houses” where it is tested for various sins. At the end of the forty days it reaches the place where it will spend the time until the Last Judgment. This icon shows Sergiy, clothed in monk’s habit praying before the “relics” of his parents, that is, at the tomb of his parents. Sergius is holding the “rosary”. It is the old “ladder” rosary with triangular flaps at the bottom, a form which was kept by the Old Believers. Varfolomei, after the death of his parents, went off into a deep forest with his widowed brother Stefan (Stephen) and began leading a very hard and ascetic life so rigorous that his brother could not take it and left. But before he left, the two had built, along with their hut, a church that they dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Varfolomei stayed on alone, and at the age of 23 he was tonsured as a monk, taking the name Sergiy from one of the pair of Roman martyrs (Sergius and Bacchus) celebrated on that day. Material: Wood

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