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Saint Elizabeth was the older sister of Tsarina Alexandra, and was married to the Grand Duke Sergius, the governor of Moscow. She converted to Orthodoxy from Protestantism of her own free will, and organized women from all levels of society to help the soldiers at the front and in the hospitals.
After this, she began to withdraw from her former social life and devoted herself to the Convent of Sts Martha and Mary, a community of nuns which focused on worshiping God and helping the poor. She moved out of the palace into a building she purchased on Ordinka. Women from the nobility, and also from the common people, were attracted to the convent.
St Elizabeth nursed sick and wounded soldiers in the hospitals and on the battle front. On Pascha of 1918, the Communists ordered her to leave Moscow, and join the royal family near Ekaterinburg. She left with a novice, Sister Barbara, and an escort of Latvian guards.After arriving in Ekaterinburg, St Elizabeth was denied access to the Tsar's family. She was placed in a convent, then on the end of May St Elizabeth was moved to nearby Alopaevsk with the Grand Dukes Sergius, John, Constantine, and the young Count Vladimir Paley. They were all housed in a schoolhouse on the edge of town. St Elizabeth was under guard, but was permitted to go to church and work in the garden. On the night of July 5, they were all taken to a place twelve miles from Alopaevsk, and executed. The Grand Duke Sergius was shot, but the others were thrown down a mineshaft, then grenades were tossed after them. St Elizabeth lived for several hours, and could be heard singing hymns. The bodies of St Elizabeth and St Barbara were taken to Jerusalem in 1920, and buried in the church of St Mary Magdalene.

Her feast day is on July 5th

ABOUT THE TECHNIQUE:
The icon is painted on wood panel with tempera on stucco canvas.I used silver leaf for the background and sealed the icon with couple of layers to assure a long lasting image and to make it easy and safe to clean it from dust. The back and the sides of the wood panel are varnished with darker tone semi transparent varnish for a nice finish.

The icon measures 8" long (20cm), 6" wide (15cm) and 0.7" thick (1.9cm). There is a hole on the back of the icon for hanging on the wall.

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St Elizabeth The New Martyr - Handpainted orthodox icon, original - 8 by 6 inches


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood panel, stucco canvas, tempera paint, wood stain, varnish, silver leaf
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