Holy New Martyrs of China

Holy Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion (+1900)

This icon is a reproduction of a group icon of the Holy Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion hanging on the wall of the dining hall of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline MA. The Monastery serves Great Vesper using the special service written in their memory each year on the eve (June 9/22 3:30pm) of their feast day (June 10/23) at the chapel.

The group icon was commissioned in 1990, and is considered the first icon to be done for the Chinese Martyrs. Other iconographers have used this group icon as the prototype to commission other icons of the Chinese Martyrs for veneration throughout the world including the icon in Philadelphia and also the group icon in Hong Kong.

A high-resolution scanned image is also available from the OCA web site.

St Ia the Teacher

This icon of St Ia the Teacher is drawn from the group icon where she was originally depicted in the second row behind the little boy St John.

According to one of the early accounts of the Martyrs, St Ia, a widow from a young age, was 56 years old when she was martyred in Fr Mitrophan's home on June 10th. She was the main school teacher for females at the Mission, and was in charge of handicrafts for church decoration.

You are welcomed to freely distribute these scanned images, but please include a note that it is courtesy of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, and a link to the Monastery home page at www.thehtm.org is appreciated.