On Tuesday, March 4, an icon of the Holy Nun-Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth, founder of Sts. Martha & Mary Convent in Moscow, was delivered to American from Belarus. Greeting the holy image in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City were Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad; diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan; cathedral dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer.
The icon is stored in a hinged frame, and was created according to the practice of Ural gemwork in Minsk’s St. Elisabeth Convnet. As Anastasia Nesterenko, the Sister of Mercy who brought the icon to New York, explained, laborers at the convent, who have mastered the art of painting works of art (including icons ‒ ed.), decided to attempt icons made from precious stones. Here the sketch is made on marble, which is then covered in gold leaf, with the darker and then lighter colors being applied in turn and, finally, the icon is adorned with gems.
The icon took three weeks to make. The holy image will remain in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign until March 8, after which it will be taken to the lower Church of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh. The icon was purchased with donations from parishioners.