This 13th century icon from Mount Sinai depicts Saint Paul, a chief of the Apostles and defining evangelist of the early Church.æ
Originally named Saul, Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee. He was a leader of Christian persecutors, and was responsible for the stoning of St. Stephen, a deacon and the first Christian martyr. When traveling to Damascus to persecute the Christians there, Christ appeared to Paul in glory and chose him to be a key figure in the development of the Church. Paul was baptized and spent three years in the desert, receiving the Gospel by divine revelation. He was scrutinized by St. James, the bishop of Jerusalem, and St. Peter, and was finally sent out to preach.
St. Paul wrote numerous epistles and started numerous churches on his three missionary journeys, including the Church of Antioch, where we were first called Christians. For his work, Paul is considered perhaps the single most important and influential person in the beginning of the Church.æ
St. Paul was eventually arrested. As a Roman citizen he appealed to Caesar and was allowed to live under house arrest. About AD 67, during the persecutions of Nero, the holy Apostle was martyred by beheading.
The Legacy board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. Each board is cut and sanded in our shop by our woodworkers. The corners are routed and a keyhole is placed in the back for easy hanging.
Our prints are made in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. Finally, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone by forming a barrier to outside elements.
Unlike other icon duplications, our prints have been environmentally-tested to resist degradation and fading for over 80 years, and in many cases well beyond 100. We do not laminate our icons, as lamination has unpredictable results for image stability. Our mission is to create timeless icons that will last, so you will only have to purchase them once.