Icon of Theotokos 'The Unfading Flower'

Icon of Theotokos 'The Unfading Flower'
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blessed. Virgin


 
Direct print on linden panel.

The icon comes from Mount Athos. Its appearance there dates back to ХVI-ХVII cent. Theotokos is portrayed with a white flower in Her hand, symbolizing unfading virginity and purity According to pilgrims, immortelles on the slopes of the Holy Mount were considered a symbol of purity and called by the monks there the Theotokos' flowers to mark her infallible purity, therefore the Athonite often used their image in icons. The icon found its way to Russia through the pilgrims in ХVI-ХVII cent. There are two known types of the icon «Unfading Flower». In Hodegetria type, the Mother of God keeps the baby Christ on Her left hand, while the flower is kept by Her or Christ Himself. In the other type, Theotokos looks at the Baby standing on a pedestal; She keeps in Her hand a stick with blooming paradise flowers. The icon alludes to Theotokos' antitype in the Old Testament. In an ancient Russian tradition, the "Unfading Flower" icon was presented to the families with a newly-born child. The icon is venerated as the keeper of virginity and purity and is reputed as a helper in choosing a husband for young girls. 

 Feast day April 3 (April 16 by Gregorian calendar)

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