Icon Akimov 102.706 «Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Princess Olga. Prayer»
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Saint Olga Equal to the Apostles was the wife of the third of the Russian princes - Igor and the grandmother of St. Equal to the Apostles Vladimir, the Baptist of Russia. The first half of her life she was in paganism and lived according to the laws of blood feud. In her life, she tells how she brutally took revenge on her husband's murderers, by cunning luring them to a feast and burning them alive. Having become the ruler of Kiev under her young son Svyatoslav, Olga got acquainted with Christian teaching and was baptized in Byzantium in Constantinople.
With the baptism, the life of the princess completely changes. Her cunning and prudence develop into wisdom, her heart is filled with love and strives for good.
After Svyatoslav's accession to the throne, Olga undertakes missionary trips across Russia, preaching the Gospel. Greek priests and scribes travel with her. Many, listening to her, are baptized. At this time, the first Russian Orthodox churches were being built. The most famous is the Trinity Cathedral in Pskov, built by Olga on the site of her miraculous vision of the Holy Trinity in the form of three bright rays.
The princess is trying to persuade her son to Christianity. But the brave warrior accustomed to battles flatly refuses: “How can I accept another law? My squad will laugh at this. " Fearing the anger of her rebellious son, Olga did not dare to baptize her own grandchildren, Vladimir, Oleg and Yaropolk. However, the seeds of Christianity were sown.
Olga's activities paved the way for the subsequent Baptism of Rus by her grandson Vladimir. Thanks to her, Christianity, without any prohibitions, begins to peacefully spread on the Russian land, nowhere coming into conflict with paganism. And by 988, Christian communities and churches were no longer only in all large cities of Russia, but also in many smaller settlements.
St. Olga in 969. She was buried in the Church of the Tithes. During the rebuilding of the temple by Vladimir, her relics were found completely incorrupt, later hidden and now remain in obscurity.
Commemoration takes place on July 24 (11).
On the reverse side of the icon is the text of the prayer of Equal-to-the-Apostles Olga: "Holy saint of God Olga, pray to God for me, a sinner."
A miniature icon can be worn as an independent product, or you can supplement it with an enamel pendant called a tsata. This is a semicircle ornament, traditional for Ancient Russia, which is hung from icons and crosses. Our tsats are made of stained glass enamel in different colors. Stained glass enamel is one of the most sophisticated and sophisticated techniques of artistic enameling, which appeared in Russia at the end of the 19th century. It differs from ordinary cloisonné enamel by the absence of a substrate, due to which it acquires transparency and the ability to transmit light, beautifully refracting it.