This is an icon of St Brendan the Navigator receiving a blessing from St Ita before starting one of his pilgrimages for Christ. St Ita, the Holy Abbess, is known in Ireland as the Foster-Mother of Christ’s Saints, because she took care of hundreds of children in her lifetime.
Among these children, several became saints themselves and were recognised as such by the Church. One of St Ita’s little children grew to become the extraordinary ascetic of the ocean – St Brendan the Navigator. He had such love and respect for St Ita that he always asked for her blessing and the protection of her prayers before his pilgrimages.
In this icon, the blessing of Christ pours down upon the two of them, so that a circle of light makes the three – Christ, St Ita and St Brendan – One in His Grace. Love and blessing always unite us, and they always make us One with God.
Height – 19.6 cm (7.7 in)
Width – 14.5 cm (5.7 in)
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The icon is a very high quality reproduction of an original Mull Monastery commission.
It is mounted on durable, light wood, with round edges and a hanging hole.
Our original commissions are unique, never repeated and made using local photographs of the actual geography of the Isles. Most of our colours are sourced from the Book of Kells (made on the Isle of Iona during the Celtic millennium) and we try to combine Byzantine and Egyptian iconography, as a recognition of the historical, cultural and spiritual connections between the Desert Fathers and the Celtic Saints.
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