Beautiful icon of St Nina arrives at St Nicholas Cathedral in Washington


Saint Nina, whom the Church venerates as Equal to the Apostles and the Enlightener of Georgia. This fourth century saint, hailing from Cappadochia, converted the Iberian queen Nana and eventually her husband King Mirian III who had initially persecuted the new faith. Her black grapevine cross is an historic symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

This icon was painted in Georgia for St Nicholas Cathedral and donated by a Georgian parishioner. It was blessed on the tomb of St Nina, which is preserved at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti, eastern Georgia. It was also blessed by the Patriarch of all Georgia His Holiness Ilia II and presented on April 24, 2012 to His Beatitude Metropolitan +Jonah at the Cathedral. 

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