Icon of Saint Maura – S147

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Saint Maura was married to Saint Timothy, a reader in the Church, for just 20 days before they were brought for trial to Antinoe, Egypt, before Arianus, the governor of the Thebaid under the Roman Emperor Diocletian.  When Saint Timothy declared his faith in Christ, the governor had iron rods driven into Saint Timothy’s ears, hanged him upside down, and stuffed his mouth with wood.  Saint Maura was terrified at first, but her husband’s example encouraged her, and she confessed her faith in Christ before the governor.

Then he ordered her hair pulled out, her fingers cut off, and tortured her in other ways.  After they had both miraculously endured such tortures, Arianus had them crucified within sight of each other, where they remained on their crosses for nine days, exhorting and encouraging one another.  On the tenth day, May 3, 286, they joyfully gave their lives to Him Who gave them Life Everlasting.  Saint Maura’s scroll reads, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith…there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord…shall give me…” (2 Tim 4:7-8).   Their Christian love transcended mere earthly love.

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Heritage

Greek

Church Feast Day 1

3-May

Style

Egg Tempera

Date

20th c. (Late)

Iconographer

Monk Michael of Athos