Saint Alexander Nevsky. With scenes of the battle on the Neva River. This icon portrays Saint Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod, and his victory over the Swedes at the Battle of the Neva River on July 15, 1240. At dawn, before the battle began, one of Alexander's soldiers saw a vision of the 11th Century Martyrs Boris and Gleb in a boat on the Neva blessing Alexander's army (see the middle of this icon). Christ is seen in the cloud blessing the Saint and his army. Prince Alexander began to be called Nevsky because of this successful battle on the Neva River. Saint Alexander is shown here as a monastic because at the end of his life he exchanged his worldly military armour and ruling title for the humble monastic clothing and calling of a spiritual warrior.
#954 - ML (5" x 6¼" on ¾" wood).
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Icon inscriptions in Church Slavonic.