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Icon "St. Spyridon of Trimyphus" Sculpture

Alexander Shkarbanenko

Armenia

Sculpture, Glass on Glass

Size: 17.1 W x 30.7 H x 4.1 D in

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The presented icon is a continuation of my work in the series "Carved Wood and Glass Icons" The icon I presented is made of walnut, the face is made of pear, the background is made of stained glass. According to church tradition, Spiridon was born on the island of Cyprus in the village of Assia (Askia) about 270 years. From childhood, grazing sheep. Through his life, Spiridon sought to imitate the Old Testament righteous: David - in meekness, Jacob - in kindness, Abraham - in love for wanderers. Benevolence and sincere sympathy attracted many to him: the homeless found shelter in his house, the wanderers found food and rest. For good deeds, God endowed the future saint with the gifts of insight, healing of the terminally ill and expelling demons. In his youth, Spiridon married an honest chaste girl. They had a daughter, Irina, whom Spiridon himself baptized. Family life did not last long, soon the wife died, but even after this heavy loss, Spiridon did not become discouraged, but continued to serve God with his good deeds. During the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great and his son, Constantius, Saint Spyridon was elected bishop of the city of Cyprus, Trimifunta. During a prolonged drought and famine in Cyprus, at the prayer of St. Spyridon, it rained and the calamity ceased. The saint’s kindness was combined with just severity towards unworthy people. Through his prayer, the merciless grain merchant was punished, and the poor villagers saved from hunger and poverty. Envious people slandered one of the saint's friends, and he was imprisoned and sentenced to death. The saint hastened to help, a flood of water blocked his path. Remembering how the spilled Jordan crossed Joshua (Nav. 3: 14–17), the saint with firm faith in the omnipotence of God offered a prayer, and the stream parted. Together with the companions, involuntary eyewitnesses of the miracle, Saint Spyridon crossed the land to the other shore. Warned of the incident, the judge greeted the saint with honor and released the innocent. According to church tradition, Saint Spyridon performed many miracles. Once during the service in the lamp, the oil burned out, and she began to fade away. The saint was upset, but the Lord consoled him: the lamp was miraculously filled with oil. A case is known when angels invisibly served St. Spyridon, and after each litany the angels sang: "Lord, have mercy." The saint healed the seriously ill emperor Constantius; revived her dead daughter, Irina, so that she would tell where she hid the valuables handed over to her by one noble woman for storage, after which Irina’s soul again left her body; in Antioch, he raised the pagan’s infant child, and then the mother herself, who fell dead from the shock of a miracle she saw . Seeing the secret sins of people, the saint called them to repentance and correction. Those who did not heed the voice of conscience and the words of the saint suffered God's punishment.  I Ecumenical Council. Icon representing Spyridon of Trimyphus (center) in a dispute with Arius (right) during the Cathedral In 325, by order of Emperor Constantine the Great, the First Ecumenical Council was convened in the city of Nicaea, the purpose of which was to determine the basic truths of the Christian faith and condemn the heresy of the priest Arius. According to the life, thanks to the wonderful evidence of St. Spyridon, many Arians returned to the confession of Orthodoxy . According to the life, Saint Spyridon, in his humility, did not shun the mouth of the dumb sheep and led a simple lifestyle . He extremely cared for strict observance of the church rank and preservation of the Holy Scripture in all integrity. The saint severely denounced the priests, who in their sermons inaccurately used the words of the Gospel and other holy books It is believed that God revealed to the saint the approach of his death The last words of the saint were about love for God and neighbor. The saint died around the year 348 during prayer. He was buried in the temple in honor of the Holy Apostles in Trimifunt.

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Sculpture:Glass on Glass

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:17.1 W x 30.7 H x 4.1 D in

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Shkarbanenko Alexander Viktorovich. Born in 1958 on June 24 in the city of Yerevan. He began to engage in creativity from the age of five. Plasticine sculpture, drawing. Before entering the art school I tried myself in clay, mosaic, bone, wood

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