Saint Spyridon was from Cyprus, and he worked as a shepherd. After the death of his wife, he was appointed Bishop of Trimythus, and he attended the First Ecumenical Council. There he refuted the Arians using his simple wisdom. God granted him the gift of wonderworking, and he continued to lead his flock until his repose about the year 350. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, his incorrupt relics were taken to Corfu, where they remain to this day.
His feast is celebrated on December 12. On August 11, we commemorate his miraculous intercession which prevented the Turkish invasion of Corfu in 1716.
This icon is painted in the Russian "Academic" style, which was popular in the 17th to the early 20th centuries.
Reproduced by permission.
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