Icon of Theotokos 'The Leaping of the Babe'(Pelagonitissa, 14th cent.)

Icon of Theotokos 'The Leaping of the Babe'(Pelagonitissa, 14th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.
An icon from Dechany monastery, Serbia. The image belongs to the iconographic type known as «The Leaping of the Babe», a subtype of one of the basic types of Theotokos' icon named — 'Tenderness'('Eleousa'), representing the most intimate relationships between the Mother of God and the Babe. The 'Tenderness' icons contain the prodigy of the Christ's sacrifice as a manifestation of God's love to men. On these icons, there is no distance between the Most Holy Mother of God, personifying the ideal of human generations, and the baby God, they are depicted cheek to cheek, and they love has no limits. Copies of the icon of Theotokos 'Pelagonitissa' appeared in Russia around the 17th century, and became known as 'The Leaping of the Babe' in the Russian Tradition.
The tradition has it that the icon of Theotokos 'Leaping of the Babe' appeared on November 7 (November 20 by Gregorian calendar), 1795, at about 18 miles from Moscow, in the ancient Nikolo-Ugreshsky Monastery. In the Soviet era, the icon disappeared, but in 2003 it was found in the altar of the Saviour's and Transfiguration Cathedral of the Monastery.
Icon of Theotokos 'Leaping of the Babe' is one of the Russians' favorites. It is venerated as a protector of maternity, and the faithful would pray before it for giving birth.


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