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Icons of St. Genevieve, eldress


Icons of St. Genevieve, Eldress and Wonder-Worker of Paris

Feast Days: January 3 (repose) and October 28 (translation)

St. Genevieve was one of the great ascetics of the fifth-sixth centuries. This holy old woman received a delegation from St. Simeon Stylites, who had learned of her greatness during prayers and had sent them to her with words of greeting, asking her for her prayers for his salvation. 

Top Icon: with embedded holy Relic of the Saint, by the hand of iconographer Janet Jaime. Courtesy of the iconographer.

Next Icon: the main icon of the Russian Orthodox parish "Our Lady Joy of All That Sorrow and St. Genevieve," in Paris, France. 

Next Icon: icon with embedded relic, at St. Nicholas Monastery, N. Ft. Myers, Florida.

Next Icon: produced by Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York (ROCOR)

Next Icon: of unknown provenance.

Next Icon: of unknown provenance.

Next Icon: by the hand of Fr. Gregory Abu-Asali, Buena Vista, Colorado.

Next Icon: by the hand of iconographer Elisabeth Lamour.

Icon above: Hieromoine Cassien, Greek Old Calendar Hermitage, Clara, France


Icon from Greek Old Calendarist Hermitage, Clara, France.
St. Genevieve is on the left, holding the re-lit candle.

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THUMBNAILS: Icon with Slavonic inscription ("Holy Venerable Genoveva) by Monk Gregory Krug.

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Thumbnail of Icon, St. Genevieve's shrine, Paris. 

St. Genevieve, source unknown.


above: The Tomb of St. Genevieve, in the church of St.-Etienne-du-Mont.

A case with some relics of St. Genevieve.
The icon of Sts. Simeon Stylites & Genevieve was donated to this church by Orthodox Christians.

Holy Well of St. Genevieve at Vodelle in Belgium. Thanks to Jean-Michel Dossogne.

   Old English liturgical books show the following special texts for the feast of St. Genevieve, Jan. 3--

Blessed was the birth of this young maid,
To which the hierarch Germanus bare witness,
And that which he foresaw in spirit
The outcome of her life hath proven.

He suspended a coin of bronze
Upon her virginal bosom,
To be a seal of her virginity,
As it bare the insignia of the Cross.

Divinely he endoweth Genevieve
By the offering up of the Gifts,
Making her a temple of the Holy Spirit,
Under a covenant made with Christ.

Raising her hand against the innocent one,
Her mother is deprived of sight,
The virgin, mindful of her motherís grief,
Giveth her the sight of pristine vision.

Genevieve the generous-handed
Brake her body with fastings
And, watering the land with her tears,
She rejoiced in a continuous martyrdom.

By the guiding of her heavenly Master,
She illumined both the skies and the abyss,
And by the struggle of her prayers
She kept her people from a barbarous nation.

Furthermore, by Godís giving,
She alleviated the workmenís thirst,
And restored unto his grief-struck mother
Her only son, crippled by a mishap.

At the first prayer of this virgin
The demons all tremble in terror;
Peace is granted to the demoniacs,
Hope to the sick, forgiveness to the guilty.

Candles are rekindled in her hand
By the grace of heaven,
By her the coursing of the river
Returneth to the bounds of its river-bed.

Alive after death, by her righteous prayers,
She maketh the holy fire a cooling breeze,
She who first had conquered in herself
The burning of the inner kindling-wood.

She commandeth death, and demons,
Diseases and the elements,
Thus Genevieve, by her prayers,
Surpasseth the laws of Nature.

She worketh upon little children
The mighty works of Christís power.
For miracles so great, let there be unto Christ
Continual praising and unceasing glory.

from the Old Sarum Rite Missal (c) 1998 St. Hilarion Press


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Last update: 07/20/2007