An exquisite silver Greek Orthodox icon of Theotokos Axion Esti. Maria, the Mother of God, is the "Patron Saint" of the Spiritual Republic of Mt. Athos. In one of the magnificent monasteries there is a huge icon on the Blessed Virgin Mary which has been titled "Axion Esti," meaning 'it is worthy to bless Thee, the Virgin'. This beautiful icon was painted in the 10th century and has since graced the sacred walls of the Cathedral of Mt. Athos.