Proceeds from this icon sale will help the Sister Mura Foundation in Johannesburg. The Foundation assists migrants living with HIV/Aids by providing income generating schemes. They also provide educational bursaries, helping eighty families to pay for primary, secondary, and higher education.
St Sergius has a unique place in Russian religious culture. He is one of the most celebrated saints and founded many monasteries across Russia. Among them the Trinity-Lavra Monastery in Sergiyev-Posad, a centre of Orthodox spirituality and one of the greatest monasteries in Russia which originally housed Rublev’s famous icon now in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The monastery is the centre of his cult and his incorrupt relics are kept in the Katholikon of the Monastery. He is shown here with crosses on his shoulders and chest, attributes of the Great Schema, the highest and most rigorous level of monastic practice in Orthodoxy.
The image of the Trinity on the upper border tells us the icon was probably produced in the icon-painting workshop of the Lavra for pilgrims as a memento of their visit.