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Our Lady of Ilige (ileej) - Wood Icon

Our Lady of Ilige (ileej) - Wood Icon

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The icon pictured here is of Our Lady of Ilige (ileej), also known as Our Lady of the Maronites and the Patriarchcal icon. In more recent times, our Maronite Churches have displayed replicas of this icon in their sanctuaries. Why? Where did it come from? On my recent trip to Lebanon, I went on a pilgrimage to pray at the original site of this treasured icon and while there, discovered its interesting history.

The Church of Our Lady of Ilige is located in the village of Mayfouq in the district of Jbeil. It was built at the site of a former pagan temple, and parts of that structure are still visible in the Church building.

The word Ilige is derived from the name of the temple which was to honor the god of depth. It is claimed that Christians made the site a Church back in Apostolic times, dedicating it to the Mother of God as Our Lady of Ilige. From the the 12th to the mid- 15th century this Church was the refuge, shelter and home of our Maronite Patriarchs.

I arrived at the Church of Our Lady of Ilige on Holy Saturday, anticipating with great excitement my visit to this former residence of the Patriarchs and the sanctuary of the icon. As you can see from these photos, the church is quite small, old, and a typical stone structure of the mountain villages.


Our stunning wood icons are THE perfect way to combine natural texture and sustainable materials with any work of art! Strong, tough, and amazingly lightweight, wood prints are incredibly versatile and easy to mount.


  • Made from high-quality birch wood with an FSC certification or equivalent. These prints are perfect for showcasing the stunning grain and texture of the wood, adding a rustic and natural feel to any image.
  • Our wood icons feature clean edges and are printed all the way to the edge with no border, giving a sleek and clean look.
  • They are available in both thin (approx.10mm/ 0.4") and thick (approx. 20mm/ 0.79") options, allowing you to choose the perfect depth for your needs.
  • We do not print white onto the wood, allowing the natural wood grain to shine through and intensify the image's natural feel.
  • We've also included a hanging kit, which may vary depending on the country of fulfillment.
  • Sizes may vary slightly by region. For the US and Canada, the measurement is in inches, while for the rest of the world, it is in centimeters.
  • It is printed and shipped on demand. No minimums are required.
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