On February 15, 2015, the Moslem terrorists of Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) executed these 21 Coptic Orthodox men for their Christian faith. The video which showed the brutal beheadings called them "people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian Church." Six days later, the martyrs were glorified by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II. He established their feast day on Amshir 8 (February 15).
This icon was painted by Tony Rezk in the Neo-Coptic iconographic style. The martyrs are wearing orange jumpsuits, as they were dressed at the time, and they are kneeling on the Mediterranean coast. The water is red with their blood, and 21 crowns of martyrdom descend from heaven.
Mr. Rezk invites people to visit copticorphans.org if they would like to make a donation to help the families that these and other martyrs leave behind.
Posted by Unknown on Jun 12th 2017
I really liked this. I just kind of wish that the Iconographer's signature was not as prominent as it is in this icon. Besides that, a fantastic icon!
Excellent service and product
Posted by Kent Hill on Jan 18th 2017
The 21 Martyrs icon was very nicely produced and delivered. High quality. A wonderful way to remember those who have died for their faith.
21 Coptic Martyrs
Posted by Robert on Jan 18th 2017
Wow. Beautifully done. Powerful image. Excellent.
Didn't expect the Power.....
Posted by Adele Chatelain on Jan 17th 2017
I didn't expect the power the image gives off; it's beautifully painted. And what I love even more is that on the back of the icon is a list of the Coptic fishermen who were martyred; I now can pray their names every night.
A good reminder
Posted by Mark Andrews on Jan 10th 2017
I chose this icon out of respect for the Coptic witness of Jesus and His Gospel. 21 ordinary men who received the grace and had the guts to follow Jesus to the end! Respect!
Posted by Elizabeth on Oct 31st 2016
A fine icon, even if signed, reminding one to pray for our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters in the Lord. There, but for the grace of God, go you and I.
Posted by Joe on Oct 21st 2016
What a powerful image to see the spiritual reality of 21 martyrs meeting their Christ in His Kingdom!
A reminder to pray...
Posted by Kathy Wrobel on Apr 18th 2016
I have wanted this icon ever since I first saw it... to remind me of the courage of fellow Christians in the Middle East... an image to have before me on a daily basis inspiring me to pray for these persecuted people... to inspire me in their faith in Christ... even unto death... They are my heroes...
LOVE this icon
Posted by Karen R on Apr 8th 2016
I love this piece of art & feel it a privilege to have this tribute honoring those lives given in Jesus' name. I love the design, vibrancy of the colors, all the details, the list of names on the back. It comes at a time in my studies that dovetails perfectly with the picture of Heaven and the martyrs in Revelation. What a fitting gift to these men of faith, their families & especially to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is worthy of all honor, glory & praise.
The one surprise I had with this icon was the thickness of the wood on which the canvas was mounted - I was thinking it would be about 1/4" rather than the 1". I would have preferred the thinner for hanging on the wall, but I love it so much that I don't mind.