January 9, 2011

An Icon of the Archangel Michael Dated May 1, 856 AD

Four years ago somewhere on the island of Lesvos archaeologists discovered an icon of the Archangel Michael which bears the date of May 1, 856. They gave it to the Manufacturer of Carved Icons Mr. Michael Demetriou. He is the one who makes the swords and shoes of the miraculous icon of Taxiarchi of Mantamadou also in Lesvos (see image below). The two images bear an uncanny resemblance.

The above photo was taken when the icon was restored to its original appearance.