Back in 1985 when I had the opportunity to study icon painting with Dmitri Shkolnik at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, I was delighted to discover that the main monastery church was covered in beautiful frescoes. After a few days there, I noticed a pattern, which was that one entire side of the nave was covered from floor to ceiling with women saints (the other side was made up of icons of men saints) and that they somehow met in the middle of the ceiling (also frescoed!).
So on this International Women's Day, icons of a few of the countless holy women (including a few by my hand) whose example of fidelity, courage and love inspire me to a deeper conversion to Christ and who sustain all of us by their merits and their prayers.
All holy women: pray for us!
St. Lucy of Syracuse, Virgin and Martyr
St, Agatha of Catania, Virgin and Martyr
St. Cecilia of Rome, Virgin and Martyr
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity, North African Martyrs
St. Mary of Egypt, Penitent
St. Olympias the Deaconess
St. Martha and St. Mary (and their brother Lazarus)
St. Olga of Alaska