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St. King Abgar V (the Black) of Edessa and the Mandylion Ikon

I Century
According to Eusebius and other sources, King Abgar corresponded with the Lord, inviting Him to live in Edessa. Although the Lord declined, he sent a towel impressed with His likeness, the original Made-Without-Hands Ikon (Mandylion). Later St. Thaddeus of the Seventy or another apostle is said to have brought the Gospel in full to Abgar's kingdom.

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