Saint Mary of Egypt Legacy Icon


This exclusive icon was painted by Fr. Theodore Koufos for St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Saint Mary lived in the fifth century. As a girl, she left her Christian family in order to follow her pleasures in unbridled sinful living. At one point she joined a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem, selling herself in exchange for passage. When they arrived at the Church of the Resurrection, Mary tried to enter, but an invisible force prevented her. She came to her senses and was driven to prayer and repentance. She went to wander in the desert, where she repented and denied herself every kind of pleasure for many years. Before the end of her life, she gave her testimony to the monk Saint Zosimas.

The Legacy Icon is our signature icon line. Our woodcraftsmen begin with hand-chosen poplar and cut it to the desired size. From there, they place oak slats across the back of the board to create a wood base that is second to none. We apply our museum-grade canvas reproduction using our exclusive process to adhere it permanently and archivally.

Our prime selected canvas and woods allow for expansion and contraction of the image that will prevent cracking or splitting. Our carpenters come from Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is home to the finest furniture makers and carpenters since the 19th century. 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. This is the finest reproduction in the world. 



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