Icon of the Saviour on the Vernicle 'Do not lament me, O Mother' (16th cent.)

Icon of the Saviour on the Vernicle 'Do not lament me, O Mother' (16th cent.)
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The Lord Jesus Christ


 
Direct print on linden panel.
   
Icon from the local Saints' tier of of iconostasis at the Cathedral of the Ugresh St. Nicholas' Monastery. The icon is kept in Moscow's «Kolomenskoye» museum. In the icon, the vernicle is held by Archangels Michael and Gabriel. below them is the image of Christ in Sepulchre with Theotokos, John the Evangelist and other witnesses of Crucifiction. The name of the icon alludes to the Saviour's words to His lamenting Mother: " Do not lament Me o Mother beholding in the Sepulchre Thy Son Thee hath conceived in Thy womb without seed, for I shall raise and be glorified and always take to Heaven as God those who praise Thee in faith and love " (Matins of Great Saturday). In the upper part of the icon there two Angels standing at the gates to the Paradise, opened by Resurrection. The icon was believed to be donated to the moanstery by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. 
The tradition considers the Vernicle to be the first icon of Christ that appeared during His earthly life. A 6th cent. fable has is that Abgar, the king of Edessa sick with lepra sent his servant to Christ imploring Him to come to Edessa or allow making His portrait. In response, Christ washed His face and after He wiped His face with a towel, His image was miraculously printed on the cloth. After receiving the Vernicle, the king recovered; he then fixed the image on a wooden panel and put it above the gate to his city. In 944, the Vernicle was transferred to Constantinople, and a special feast was set to commemorate the event, celebrated on August 29 (August 16 by Julian calendar). The Vernicle disappeared after Constantinople was demolished by the Crusaders in 1204. Veneration. The icon was a part of the local Saints' tier of of iconostasis at the Cathedral of the Ugresh St. Nicholas' Monastery and is presently kept in Moscow's «Kolomenskoye» museum. In its upper part, two archangels folding the Vernicle are depicted. The lower part has a half-length image of Christ in Sepuchre with Theotokos and Apostles standing at it. The name of the icon is taken from a hymn of Great Saturday. The icon was believed to be donated to the moanstery by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. 

The faithful would pray to the icon of Theotokos"Do not lament me O Mother" when in grief and sorrow, for suffering relatives and children. Feast day: January 25/ February 7.

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