Icon Akimov 102.290 «St. Pantaleon (Panteleimon), the Great Martyr and Healer»
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A miniature silver icon is dedicated to the great martyr Panteleimon - one of the most revered saints in Orthodoxy, a courageous warrior of Christ and a great martyr, a "free" healer. On the icon, he is depicted with a chest with medicines and a spoon - an attribute of ancient doctors. The image of Panteleimon is placed in a gold frame, the ornament of which is woven from acanthus leaves - a favorite plant of all artists since ancient times. In medieval art, acanthus leaves were associated with thistles and a crown of thorns, recalling the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the ornamental motive of acanthus became a symbol of suffering, sacrificial love for one's neighbor, as well as an image of eternal life and immortality of the soul.
Saint Panteleimon lived in the Roman Empire, in Nicodemus during the reign of Emperor Maximilian, a cruel persecutor of Christians. There were very many confessors of the faith of Christ throughout the empire, and they were specially searched for and, in their thousands, were given over to cruel torture and death.
From the birth of Panteleimon, the name was Pantoleon, which means "lion". He was a kind and sympathetic boy and wanted to devote his life to helping people. Therefore, when he grew up, his parents sent him to study medicine. The Lord brought the young man to the Christian elder Hermolaus, who told him about Christ and promised that only one name of the Lord can heal any disease.
One day Pantoleon was walking along the road and saw a lifeless child who was bitten by a snake. The young man turned with prayer to the Lord, and a miracle happened: the child came to life, and the poisonous snake died. Pantoleon believed in Christ and received holy baptism. He was able to convert to the Christian faith and his pagan father, who died shortly after being baptized. Left alone, the young man gave away all his property and took the path of asceticism. He went to prisons and homes of the poor, to towns and villages, healing everyone who turned to him for help. For his service, Pantoleon did not take money, for which he is now called a "doctor without compensation." The glory of Pantoleon spread further and further and reached the Emperor Maximilian. A denunciation was written against an unmercenary doctor treating people in the name of Christ.
The emperor gave orders to bring Pantoleon to the palace. At first, he tried to convince the young man to deny Christ and make a sacrifice to the pagan gods. But Pantoleon was adamant, and then they gave him up to cruel tortures. However, neither the fire could scorch his body, nor the knives could wound. They threw the martyr into the sea, but he began to walk on it as if on dry land. The executioners set wild animals on Pantoleon, but they began to lick his feet. Then they took the saint out of the city and tried to behead him, but the sword bent right at his neck, because the young man did not finish his prayer. The soldiers in horror threw themselves on their knees before him, begging for mercy and intercession before the Christian God. At that moment, a voice came from the sky calling for Pantoleon and calling him a new name - Panteleimon, which means “all-merciful”. The Great Martyr asked the soldiers to fulfill their plans and promised salvation from Christ. When Panteleimon's head was cut off, milk flowed out of the wound instead of blood.
The Great Martyr Panteleimon is revered as the Heavenly patron of doctors and soldiers. They turn to him for the gift of healing from diseases and ailments, both physical and mental. “O glorious healer Panteleimon, wake me a comforter in sorrow,” reads the prayer on the back of the icon.
The artist Victoria Buldygina and the creative team of employees of the Akimov company worked on the creation of the image.
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