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.
I selected the masterpiece of this icon and I couldn't be happier. It is beautiful and signifies the continued sacrifice of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
It is no coincidence that persecution is wrought upon those descendants of the first Christians. Let us not forget and help the Copts bear witness. Amen.
I love this icon. The colors are so beautiful. Highest quality image. I was deeply moved the first time I saw this icon online, and am so glad to have my own copy.
This icon sits in my theology classroom where I can easily contemplate it. There are 2 ways of describing it: beautiful and inspiring! Thank you.
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!
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