Icon of Theotokos 'Do not Lament for Me, O Mother' (16th cent.)

Icon of Theotokos 'Do not Lament for Me, O Mother' (16th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.
The icon from the Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos, known under the name 'Do not lament for Me, O Mother presents Christ in the sepulcher after His crucifixion. The name was taken from Ode 9 of the Great Saturday canon by Cosmas of Maiuma. The iconography emerged in the Balkans in the 14th century. The naked Body of Christ is half immersed in the sepulcher (so the icon may be named 'Christ in the sepulcher'). His head is bowed, eyes closed, hands crossed at His waist, and the cross can be seen behind Him. The instruments of Christ's sufferings are sometimes also depicted, including the spear, the staff with the sponge, and the crown of thistles. On many icons of the type, Theotokos, St. John the Evangelist and other mourning Saints stand before Christ in the sepulcher. The idea of the icon is about the sacrifice that became the greatest manifestation of God's love to men. Christ's body immersed in the sepulcher by half only implies the death did not overwhelm Him. The Cross behind is back, often with instruments of passions, denotes the price of our salvation. The spiritual meaning of this icon type is that the Lord consoles His crying Mother by the future raising and ascension in glory to life eternal of all believers together with Christ. The faithful would pray before the icon 'Do not lament for Me, O Mother' in sorrows and sadness. The feast day of the icon is celebrated on Great Friday.

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