Sunday, May 19, 2013

Saint Macrina the Younger
Acrylic on wood panel and 23K gold leaf
8.75"x11"  and 5.5"x8.25"

These two icons were commissioned by the St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Student Council. During the 2013 commencement, which took place on May 18, the President of the Student Council awarded one of the professors the St Macrina Teaching Award. The professor was presented with the smallest of the two icons. The larger icon will be displayed in one of the buildings of the St. Vladimir's Seminary. 

The eldest of ten children, St. Macrina was born into a family that has graced the church with many saints. Her grandmother, St. Macrina the Elder, moved with her husband to Pontus during Galerius’ persecution of the Church. The younger Macrina’s parents, Basil and Emiliana, were declared saints by the Church, as were three of her four brothers, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Peter of Sebaste. In his work, On the Soul and the Resurrection, Gregory calls Macrina the Teacher, and, from his Life of the Teacher, it is clear that she was the spiritual influence on and the spiritual center of her family. ( St Nina Quarterly )

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