Icon of Saint Haralambos
St. Haralambos was a bishop who lived in Magnesia near Ephesus in the second century and according to his legend he has the distinction of being the oldest of all martyrs (as he was over 100 years old at the time of his death). He is shown haloed and wearing a very long beard and the ecclesiastical robes of a priest. Set against an otherworldly gold background, he holds the palm frond of martyrdom as well as a gospelbook and a small cross. His hand is raised in blessing. His frontal pose, typical of icons, is designed to create immediate interaction between the saint and worshipper. Icons of this scale were generally for private use, but could also be located in churches. His relics are widespread in Greece and his feast day is February 10. A Greek inscription flanks his head identifying the saint.