Mount Athos lithography (icon) of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker on natural wood carved by hand.
Saint Spyridon was born in Assia Famagusta of Cyprus in 270 AD. He was a shepherd by profession and the owner of agricultural land. His parents urged him to marry a woman from his village with whom he had a daughter named Irene. Spyridon had a limited education but thanks to his honest Christian life he was elected bishop of Trymithous. He took part in the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD. and was an opponent of the sect of Arius.
The Saint slept peacefully on December 12, 350 AD. and his relic was transported to Constantinople and from there to Corfu. His miracles were many and for this reason he was named Wonderworker. He is the patron saint of potters and the patron saint of Corfu, Piraeus and Messolonghi. The Orthodox Christian Church celebrates his memory on December 12 of each year.
Apolytikion of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker
O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl in the grave and turned the serpent to gold. And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned you; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all.